But let’s also honor the vets who are among us today.
Here are three ways to thank a Vet on Veterans Day…
1. Donate to Honor Flight Chicago
2. Put November 19, 2009 on your calendar…
Attend the Welcome Home ceremony at Midway Airport. It takes about 20 minutes, but from experience, I can say it’s an emotional and uplifting experience for you as well as the World War II vets.
3. Thank a Vet.
From the website:
Honor Flight Chicago invites you to write a thank you letter to a very special, very deserving individual: a veteran of WWII, a person who, in the words of our founding fathers, helped to secure the blessings of liberty for the rest of us. Please take this opportunity to honor and pay homage to our veterans…and remember – we are the land of the free BECAUSE we are the home of the brave.
Please send your letter to:
Thank A Vet c/o David King & Associates 1011 Lake Street Suite 313 Oak Park, Illinois 60301
From top to bottom, 5511 N Lakewood is undergoing a rehab. Originally built in 1910, the lovely vintage exterior will remain while 2010 amenities are going in.
The home is listed at $ 1,575,000, and early buyers can choose their finishes. Situated on a 37.5′ wide lot, the home will include 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The detail will be exquisite.
And one more thing — it’s not often you buy from a developer who lives around the corner and is entrenched in the neighborhood. Dave Kirk is a long time friend to Lakewood Balmoral neighbors, and his is the kind of commitment that all buyers should seek.
Shame on me for not taking advantage of this great spot before! I have shopped but I have not “savored” !
Saturday night, we dined at In Fine Spirits on Clark Street in Andersonville. What a night, wasn’t it? The warmest November night I can remember, they had thankfully kept the outdoor patio prepared for dinner guests. It was fantastic!
In Fine Spirits specializes in local and organic drinks and food.
It’s a tasting menu — perfect for savoring tasty bites and delicious beverages (have you had Death’s Door Gin from Wisconsin?) The lamb orecchiette and braised beef shank were great, and the flatbread was marvelous.
I have my 1500 pieces of candy ready ( I gave out 1200 + last year). With historic old homes on oversized lots — home after home with great walkability, this is the place! Homeowners in the neighborhood have decked out their homes in scary-good cobwebs, lights, ghosts, and more… they’re ready for the onslaught of goblins and ghouls.
Lakewood Balmoral residents celebrate between 4:30 and 7:30 on Halloween…check it out for a howling good time!
It’s that time of year again — stress over the high school open house and application process.
I have a sophomore safely settled at a selective enrollment high school, but with 7th and 8th graders, we are anxious and busy. The open houses are packed with long lines. We waited outside at Jones for an hour and a half before we could get inside. We were able to get right inside Lincoln Park, but it was jammed. I’m still pondering … when I complete the application, do I need to give priority to my child’s favorite school or the one he’s most likely to get in to?
My son is taking a Selective Prep class, which the company claims will prepare him to get a higher score on the exam in January. Will this make the difference in whether or not he’ll get in? Are these classes as helpful as the businesses claim?
The courts struck down the ethnicity/race component to the selective enrollment process. Previously, schools were required to meet diversity goals, so the application included a checklist — is your child a (white/black/latino/asian pacific) (boy/girl)? The swine flu epidemic has raised the attendance issue — I hear the 100 points for attendance will be handled differently than in previous years. This year, with no diversity or attendance component, parents don’t know exactly how the 1000 point system will be implemented. One more reason to stress out.
The Tribune just released ISAT scores for the Chicago schools. How cool to have a top Illinois school right in our back yard! But, what if our sons and daughters are just your average, hard working nice kids who score in the mid-80’s? mid-70’s? Where is the best place for them? There are just not enough good Chicago schools for them!
Alcott and Ogden are options, but they’re new … part of Ren 2010. They certainly are possibilities, but the class sizes are small (good if we’re in — bad if we’re vying for only a few spots!) and we won’t know about these classes until late in the season.
If you’re in the same “stress boat” as us, I feel your pain. Good luck to you and your child this season.
After 429 days (not my listing!), 5518 N Wayne is finally under contract. Listed originally at $1,965,000, the last price was $1,495,000. We will know the sale price once it closes. This is a wonderful home, and it’s too bad that it took so long for the property to sell.
Just Listed – 5400 N Lakewood
Just listed this week is 5400 N Lakewood — right at the corner of Lakewood and Balmoral. Listed as having almost 5000 square feet, it’s a deal at $ 890,000. Currently used as three apartments, it’s originally a single family home with 3 outdoor spaces and a 2 car garage. This probably won’t last long — call Anne Rossley today to view the property!
Meantime, it’s been a while, but you can get a single family home in the historic Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood now for under $600,000. With property taxes under $6250 , just a few appropriate home improvements could freeze the assessments and make this an incredible value for some home buyer. To find out how to freeze your property taxes through home improvements, call Anne Rossley at Rubloff today!
Homes currently for sale in Lakewood Balmoral include…