Chicago Real Estate News

Aug. 5, 2018

Gardens Grow Green on Glencoe Property

Meander peaceful paths around Glencoe property. The Chicago Botanic Garden overflows with acres of living beauty. Flora and fauna bloom gloriously in a picturesque setting spanning over 350 acres including lake shorelines. With a moto of Urbs in Horto or “city in a garden” this is the perfect place to unwind in and take a break from the busyness of life.

Imagination and creativity are around every turn in the 27 gardens filling the landscape. Travel to exotic lands without ever leaving Glencoe. The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden steals your breath when entering. Ripe with tradition and culture, lines are sleek and sophisticated. Nearby, a statue of a friendly lion guards the English Walled Garden. Oozing charm the garden beckons those seeking quiet moments. Enter through the colorful gate into the British courtyard complete with brick accents. Themed areas inside include the Cottage Garden, Pergola Garden and English Walled Garden.

Children from Glencoe Homes Dig in and Enjoy Nature

When wandering in the Native Plant Garden residents become inspired, learning what to plant in their own backyard spaces. Youngsters freely romp about the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden. Here kids happily engage in educational programs including hands-on gardening, camps and clinics. Special events often light up the Glencoe property. Featured events include Summer Evenings, Night of the 1,000 Jack-o’-lanterns, Wonderland Express and Orchid Shows. Seasonal events, flower shows and private happenings mark the calendar as well.

Complimentary walking tours are great for exploring the grounds. Experts lead the way sharing their love for the plants, flowers and architectural wonder that encompasses the gardens. Stops include Butterflies and Blooms, the Children’s Growing Garden, Esplanade, the Fruit and Vegetable Garden and more. Bird watchers are especially eager to explore as an abundance of feathered friends make this their Glencoe home. Many check the species list to see how many they can spot. Admission is free to the public but there is a fee for parking. Plan a trip today.

 

Posted in News
Aug. 1, 2018

Be Exotic on Chicago Real Estate

Chicago real estate overflows with the world’s animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Founded 150 years ago, the park remains a historic part of the local landscape. Generations of families have toured the grounds together becoming amazed with the creatures that roam here. Just a bit north of the hustle and bustle of the big city, the scenic surrounding provides an ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate.

Plan the perfect day by taking a glance at the park map ahead of time. Save the arguing and decide prior to arrival whose favorite animal will be seen first. Daily activities add to the ambiance of the adventure. Keeper chats and animal interactions vary allowing guests to delve deeper into the animal kingdom.

Waddle Like the Penguins Living in Chicago

There's so much fun to be had! Waddle alongside the African penguins living in Chicago in Pritzker Penguin Cove. Give the feet a break and board the classic Lionel Train. Hear the whistle blow as it chugs all along the grounds. A treasured part of childhood is honored with rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel. Parents smile with remembrance as their own kids go round and round.

Other special events fill the calendar. Fitness at the Zoo keeps things moving. Classes include Power Vinyasa Yoga, Interval Circuit Training, Zumba and Happy Minds Yoga and Meditation. Drop in or register early. Second Saturday Garden Tours provide inspiration for Chicago real estate home owners. Often ideas for their own gardens take root and come to fruition later on. Campouts, play days and family nature days are great memory making times.

Awareness and conservation is key to the survival of Mother Earth’s animals big and small. Providing a great educational resource for everyone, the Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes one and all through its gate at no charge. Those wishing to support the zoo in their dedication to wildlife can purchase a membership. Perks include complimentary parking, priority registration to special events and much more. The Adopt an Animal program allows folks to sponsor beloved species including lions, penguins, bears, hippos, owls and even a sloth. Learn more here.

 

Posted in News
July 30, 2018

Bookworms Get Their Fill on Lake Forest Property

Let your mind wander on Lake Forest property. Imagination takes hold and the sky’s the limit at the Lake Forest Book Store. One of the few remaining independent bookshops, the building simplly exudes charm. Shelves are filled with a wondrous array of facts, fantasy and whimsy. Books range from the latest best seller to more small scales works. Youngsters living in Lake Forest love to visit their very own children's section. An ever changing selection of picture and chapter books ensure there’s constantly something new to find.

Something is always happening in this busy little place. Book clubs occur each third Tuesday of the month. Held onsite lively discussions bring forth a friendly ambiance among members. Author events also frequent the calendar and include book talks, meet and greets, discussions, signings and cocktail receptions. Staying true to the philosophy that “it takes a village,” the Lake Forest Book Store gives back to the community. Local schools and other charitable organizations benefit from donated copies as well as book fairs and more.

Generations Living in Lake Forest Turn the Page

Founded in 1949 by a dozen determined women of the community the history of this Lake Forest property is rich and vibrant. Lasting throughout the years generations of readers have walked through the doors, smiling in anticipation of their next great read. Small in stature, the Lake Forest Book Store may not have all the titles that the big box retailers do, but they seem to have plenty. A dedicated staff waits willing and ready with recommendations. Special orders can also be processed if something else just will not do. Staff suggestions are also offered in the monthly newsletter.

The Lake Forest Book Store is located at 662 N. Western Avenue. Open seven days a week, practically anytime is a good time to look for a new book. Stop by and get lost in the pages.

 

Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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