Be a Better Condo Board Member

On August 18, the second of a three part series on condo board management will be held.  Hosted by Lakeside Community Development, the seminars help condo owners manage their associations more effectively.

Tuesday, August 18

Taft West and Brian White will lead a discussion on how to effectively self-manage your association, the roles and responsibilities of a self-managed organization, and how to evaluate the needs of your condo group.  It will be held at the Edgewater Public Library, 1210 W Elmdale, from 6 – 8 pm.

August 24

Lori Pastore, Asst VP at DeWitt Stern,  will discuss the insurance needs of condominium groups.  Roosevelt Library (1101 W Taylor) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

How to Protest your Property Taxes

Property Tax reassessment notices are out, and if you want to protest your tax increase, you must file by September 3.

There are 2 meetings scheduled on Chicago’s north side where you can go to learn about property taxes, reassessments, and filing protests to reduce your tax amount.

Cook County Assessment Appeal Process Seminar
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
7:00 pm
Lane Tech High School (Lunch Room)
2501 W. Addison
During this meeting, the Cook County Assessor’s Office will be presenting information on how they arrived at their assessments, provide information on how to appeal their assessment, and verify that residents are receiving all forms of tax relief for which they are eligible.  You do not need to RSVP for this meeting.

Cook County Assessor’s Office

Montrose Dog Beach

OopsI can’t thank the volunteers at Mondog enough.

My Dewey salivates, pants, and squirms as we approach the dog beach at Montrose.  He lives to play frisbee and run in the waves.  It’s a fabulous place for Chicago dogs.

Don’t forget to get your Chicago Dog Beach/Park license, though.  Fines can be stiff.

Montrose Beach Frisbee

Chicago Canine Guide

Yelp Reviews


Dog Friendly Things to Do in Chicago

Top 10 Dog Beaches

Montrose Beach Chicago Dog Beach

Chicago Dog Registration
Dewey at Montrose Dog Beach, Chicago

Dog Registration FAQ

For Cook County Dog Park Visitors

Animal Medical Center of Chicago

Animal 911

For information on dog friendly homes in the Uptown area – walking distance to Mondog – contact Anne Rossley at Rubloff.

Or, to view homes for sale today in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, select this link.

Uptown Resources and Links

Anne’s Favorite Uptown Restaurants

Free Movies in Chicago Parks

With summer half over, make sure you mark your calendar with the date and location for the next free movie you’re going to go see.  Here are the movies on Chicago’s north side for you to consider…

7/21 8:30 PM Bauler Playlot Park (c/o Oz Park) The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG)
7/27 8:30 PM Gompers Park Kung Fu Panda (PG)
8/6 8:30 PM Gill Park Madagascar 2:Escape to Africa (PG)
8/7 8:30 PM Revere Park Igor (PG)
8/8 8:30 PM Winnemac Park Kung Fu Panda (PG)
8/11 8:30 PM Lake Shore Park The Sting (PG)
8/15 8:30 PM Oz Park Breakfast at Tiffany’s (NR)
8/15 8:30 PM Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park) Pokemon: The First Movie (G)
8/22 8:30 PM Revere Park Coraline (PG)
8/23 8:30 PM Chase Park The Goonies (PG)
8/24 8:30 PM River Park Ghostbusters (PG)
8/25 8:30 PM Park No. 511 (Erie Park) American Grafitti (PG)
8/25 8:30 PM Osterman Beach Sunset Boulevard (PG)
8/25 8:30 PM Lincoln Park Cultural Center The Philadelphia Story (NR)
8/28 8:30 PM Clarendon Park Community Center
8/29 8:30 PM Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park) Casablanca (NR)
9/1 8:30 PM Sauganash Park Coraline (PG)
9/2 8:30 PM Kinzie Station / Park #551 Madagascar 2:Escape to Africa (PG)

If you’re unsure if the park is near Edgewater, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, or Lincoln Square, select the park’s name and see the address.

Free Movies in Chicago Parks

Uptown Real Estate Update – 7/2009

In the active Uptown Community, there are currently 23 homes for sale.  The price range is wide – from $ 449,000 for a home at 1530 W Ainslie to 4420 N Paulina, a newly renovated historic home in East Ravenswood, for $3,350,000.

Homes worth considering…

1530 Ainslie


1530 Ainslie


Not only is this 1893 3 BR 2.5 bath priced well, it INCLUDES a second lot – the entire land area is 54 x 105.


968 Cuyler


968 W Cuyler

$ 597,000

Although it’s a skinny home (18′ wide), it’s lovingly restored by the owner with many upgrades.  Seller financing is available.


4622 N Hermitage


4622 N Hermitage

$ 1,050,000

This East Ravenswood 5 BR vintage home sits on a 33 x 165 lot and includes a wine cellar and coach house.


Uptown Homes Under Contract

4541 N Hermitage        $ 950,000

4615 N Hermitage        $ 839,000

650 W Hutchinson      $1,495,000

Uptown Homes Closed (last 30 days)

1721 W Winona              $ 780,000  ($ 880,000 orig list)

To see any of the homes for sale in Uptown, including Buena Park, Hutchinson Historic District and East Ravenswood, contact Anne Rossley.

To see Uptown single family homes that are currently for sale, select this link.

For more information on Uptown home sales, select this link.

Andersonville Farmers Market is Fantastic!

Farmers MarketI hit the Andersonville Farmers Market yesterday, and I fell in love…

Between Clark andAshland on Berwyn (5300 N – 1500W)  there are many booths with treasures.

I found truly wonderful smells and tastes…

  • sweet smelling and beautiful guest soaps
  • chipotle salsa (my favorite — my daughter preferred the habanero)
  • cheese-  curds, fried cheese, 10 year old aged cheddar — all from a family cheese business (available for tasting!)
  • pulled pork
  • heirloom tomatoes
  • 5 cheese garlic spread (to die for!) along with spinach artichoke dip and roasted tomato salsa
  • fresh fruits and veggies, of course
  • scones, croissants, brioche…

There were 3 ensembles scheduled for entertaining the crowd and a chicken the kids could pet.

I recommend you check it out next week — Wednesdays 4 – 8 pm.

See you there!

Where can you sell Lemonade in Chicago?

Although I can’t tell you every place you can sell lemonade, I do know that every summer there are several lemonade stands set up by the kids in Lakewood Balmoral.  Some even offer home made cookies!

This is just one of several reasons I chose to move to Lakewood Balmoral — who doesn’t love a neighborhood lemonade stand?

lemonade-standThis Old House magazine is offering a “how – to” on how you can build a lemonade stand for your kids.  They claim it’s easy to moderate in difficulty, costs $ 40- $50, and only takes 3 hours to build.

I challenge you to try building it –  then report back on your success!

Lakewood Balmoral is part of the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago’s Edgewater Community.  To see homes for sale in Lakewood Balmoral, contact Anne Rossley at Rubloff and   for information on this neighborhood, select this link

Gorgeous Flag Day!

Flag Day on Michigan AvenueJune 14 is Flag Day, and I headed out to Michigan Avenue and Tribune Tower.   My Chicago DAR group handed out 3,000 flags this year between Water Tower and Millennium Park, and it could not have been a more beautiful day.

It was a riot to watch the people.  Many expected to be asked for a donation, so their initial inclination was to decline our offer.  First they would walk by B.A. and wave her off, but at the same time they’d see someone else accept the free flag.  Farther on,  when they reached me, they were ready to accept the gift.  Everyone seemed to get a kick out of the gesture, and you should have seen the kids–they were thrilled and waved their flags like crazy!!

On Michigan Ave June 14, 2009

Thom Greene Show at Edgewater Historical Society

I had been unable to get to Thom Greene‘s show at the Edgewater Historical Society until this week.  I’m so glad I got to see it before it closed.  What a delight!

Thom Greene Unbuilt Projects and Fantasy Architecture

The show, titled “Unbuilt Projects and Fantasy Architecture” was great fun.  I’ve always known Thom has vision and an imaginative eye.  His sense of color is fantastic.  And this show did not disappoint.

I have one question, though — where are  the developers/owners who didn’t choose the designs I saw displayed?  Hiding in the hovels, I suppose — losers for having not used Thom’s great design1s

This Saturday is your last chance to visit — 1-4 pm at the Edgewater Historical Society.

By the way …  it gives you a chance to see Thom’s proposal for the Lake Shore Drive Redevelopment Project — a project I wholeheartedly support.

Drawer Full of Dreams

Friends of the Park

Andersonville Farmers Market

On June 24,  the Andersonville Famers Market begin operations, continuing every Wednesday until Sept 9 between 4 and 8 pm!

Natalie Maynor on Flickr

NatalieMaynor on Flickr

Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland, the market will feature locally grown produce, and 3 will offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, where you can pick up your produce weekly at this location.  This subscription is a flat fee you pay in advance, so you can share in the bounty of what the farmer has harvested each week.  Subscriptions will be available from:

The market will also feature local chef’s demonstrations, prepared food from local restaurants, and entertainment for kids and adults.

This looks to be a great addition to the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood, and I look forward to checking it out!

Thanks to the sponsors…

Jean Fishbeck
Alderman Patrick O’Connor
Andersonville Physical Therapy
State Senator Heather Steans
Painted Light Photography and Framing Studio

West Andersonville Neighbors Together

My Private Chef

T. Salon & Gallery

Bikram Yoga Andersonville

Joel Hall Dancers and Center

Chiropractic For Life

Creative Counseling of Chicago
Brown Elephant

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