Posts tagged "North Shore"

Why is Winnetka so beautiful?

You can’t spend much time in Winnetka without pausing, at some point, to gape in wonder at the striking physical beauty of the community. What makes Winnetka so beautiful? Lake Michigan and the Skokie Lagoons, its eastern and western borders, are an obvious choice. The intensely varied architecture of Winnetka buildings is another, along with... Read more »

A Glencoe extreme makeover across from Friends Park

Glencoe has a small, but surprisingly lively downtown near its Metra station. Glencoe’s downtown has one-of-a-kind shops, sidewalk cafes, the Writers’ Theatre, a farmers market, the wildly-popular Friends Park, and more. Living near downtown is a viable alternative to a low-density in-city neighborhood. Two years ago I sat in Friends Park with Shirley Olin, chatting... Read more »

A rare 57 acres on the North Shore?

It’s probably just a curious coincidence but Kraft Foods, some of whose brands once competed with H.J. Heinz’ 57 Varieties, had a 57-acre corporate campus in Glenview. Crain’s is reporting that Hamilton Partners is acquiring the Kraft Foods office campus at the northwest corner of Waukegan and Golf Roads. The bulk of the site, Kraft’s... Read more »

Construction check – Seventeen17 on the rise in Evanston

Seventeen17, an 8-story, 175-unit apartment complex underway at 1717 Ridge Ave in Evanston, has risen above its 2-story parking base. The steel frame and precast concrete construction should facilitate rapid progress toward a goal of Spring 2013 occupancy. When complete, Seventeen17 will include a courtyard, outdoor pool, lounge and fitness facility. The project is being... Read more »

An updated look at AMLI Evanston

AMLI Evanston, the mixed-use development at Chicago Ave and Kedzie St in Evanston, continues to progress toward its goal of occupancy by spring 2013. Concrete work, which was the focus of activity at the time of my last visit, is expected to wrap up by the end of the month. When complete, the project will... Read more »

Wilmette ranks as Chicago's second most transit-friendly suburb

A recent Tribune article alerted me to a report from DePaul’s Chaddick Institute ranking Chicago’s top 20 transit suburbs. Wilmette ranked second on the list, behind west-suburban La Grange. It ranked first on a measure of “community connectivity to transit.” The report’s summary: More public transit users walk or bike to the Wilmette station than... Read more »

Under contract quickly in Winnetka

The listing copy for the 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 349 Hawthorn in Winnetka described it as being “aggressively priced” at $1,150,000. The market apparently agreed, because the home went under contract in less than 10 days. The home is a classic center-hall Colonial on over a third of an acre nearly across the... Read more »

Highland Park's Halcyon Hall listed for $5.65M

Ross J. Beatty built two homes in Highland Park that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first, built in 1893 at 1499 Sheridan Rd, is also a local landmark. The second Ross J. Beatty home, built just north of the first in the 1920s, is substantially larger at 8,855 square feet.... Read more »

Video tours of eight updated Evanston apartments

Wouldn’t it be great if every apartment building had a video tour that gave you a good look at the apartments and their location? Video gives you the time to see more apartments, learn about their surroundings, and home in on the places that seem the best fit. The most useful video tours, like the... Read more »

An award-winning home on a Woodley Road acre

Almost a year ago we called attention to what seemed to be an unusually large number of homes for sale in the Woodley Road area, which is unincorporated but has a Winnetka mailing address. Nineteen homes were listed for sale at that time. Only nine homes are currently listed for sale in the area, priced... Read more »