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Some Kind Of Wonderful in Skokie IL

by Karen Breen Elia

Some Kind Of Wonderful in Skokie IL

5206 Madison St, Skokie IL 60077
MLS# 08566496

5206 madison st

Some kind of wonderful!  Clean, comfortable and spacious brick three bedroom ranch in a “walk to everything” location.  Beautiful kitchen redone in 2006 with 42” hickory cabinets, granite counter tops, all stainless steel appliances and expansive greenhouse window.  Large sunny living room with huge windows and a wood burning fireplace leads to the dining room for an open floor plan. Hardwood floors throughout.  The bath is ceramic tiled and just painted.  The full lower level includes a family room, laundry room, several storage areas and a workshop.  The lot is fully fenced and over-sized with a covered patio for outdoor entertaining.  There is an attached garage and the driveway provides additional parking.  The mechanicals are in excellent condition:  tear off roof in 2007, water proofing and double sump pumps in 2011/2013, new furnace in 2007.  Walk to the Skokie Swift, and downtown Skokie.  

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Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM Central Daylight Time

This is an exciting time for Chicago parents choosing the best fit for elementary school. With so many interesting options in Chicago and notifications on the horizon, let’s talk about ‘What’s Next?’. Join us for a free webinar with acclaimed Chicago School GPS moms who help parents across Chicago navigate this important decision. Whether you have a range of options or none yet, this webinar will help you make sense of next steps to maximize success in your elementary school journey. The conversation will cover timelines to consider during your elementary school search and an overview of Chicago Public School and Private Schools options.

About the speakers:

Grace Lee Sawin
Founder
Chicago School GPS

As a self-described “Tiger Mom Lite” (her kids have had numerous sleepovers in their years but do play more than one instrument), Grace has always felt that the most important role of a parent is to provide the best possible education for her children by putting in all the time and research required to successfully make that happen. Little did she know HOW MUCH time and research she would have to do in order to get her daughters into a sought-after Montessori school for preschool, then into a well-regarded selective enrollment elementary program followed by a top CPS Academic Center and selective enrollment high school. Throughout the years, Grace has seen the school choice landscape change in Chicago yet she still strives to keep searching for the best options for her girls. Ironically, she thrives on uncovering these nuggets of wisdom and “hidden” info that others simply don’t have time to uncover. Luckily, she also is excited to share that info with you as she firmly believes a great education is a right, not a privilege. It just so happens in the City of Chicago, it’s a “right” that takes an inordinate amount of research.

Grace grew up attending public schools in suburban Washington, DC. She studied architecture at Cornell University and moved to Chicago in the mid-90's. As she and her husband raise their two daughters in the city, she finds herself delving deeper and enjoying her quest to uncover hidden gems and enrichment opportunities for Chicago families.


 
Ginger Hecht
Co-Founder
Chicago School GPS

After moving from Europe back to Chicago, with the first child in tow, Ginger did not realize how difficult it was to navigate the pathways of the Chicago School system. The hours it took to settle in from a international move and also start to look for schools was a bit overwhelming, as was the realization that walking to your local school was out of the question at the time. After much research and time, her son was accepted into a wonderful private school on the North Side, where he could walk to school. Her second is still there and her oldest is now in a highly regarded private high school. She has been very active in the school community, and would like to share her experiences and knowledge with families on their school journeys, including the everchanging High School Search.
Growing up in suburban Chicago and attending a small Private College, she got first hand knowledge of what a good education should look like and has strived to find the same for her boys. With a background in marketing, fundraising and sales, and a wide network contacts, Ginger brings her breadth of experiences to understanding the complex world of school admissions.




 

Moderator:

Ryan Hannon
Director of Admissions
GEMS World Academy (GWA) - Chicago


Ryan Hannon is a seasoned admissions professional with over six years of experience working with parents across Chicago navigate the admissions process and the multi-faceted learning experiences in schools in Chicago. Ryan is currently the Director of Admissions for GEMS World Academy (GWA)-Chicago, opening in September 2014, and is focused on working with parents and students to discover the GEMS World Academy's international program of studies and its' inquiry based learning model. Prior to joining GWA-Chicago, Hannon served as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Francis W. Parker School, a leading independent private school in Chicago. He managed the highly selective admissions process of the school and oversaw large-scale open house events for recruitment. His work also involved a rebranding initiative of the Parker school, facilitation of the financial aid application for need-based candidates, and served on the school’s admissions and financial aid re-accreditation committee. Hannon has experience in higher education admissions and previously worked as the Senior Admissions Representative for International Academy of Design and Technology, and in the Office of Admissions at Skidmore College (NY).

In addition to his extensive background in school admissions, Hannon served on the Associates Board of the Golden Apple Foundation as its Membership and Marketing Chair. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Government from Skidmore College and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.

To register of this event, click here.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago's North Side.

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2951 North Lincoln Avenue  
Chicago IL 60657
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Chicago Condo for Sale: It’s All About The Finishes!

by Karen Breen Elia

Chicago Condo for Sale: It’s All About The Finishes!

2210 W Addison St #2, Chicago IL 60618
MLS# 08555987

2210 w addison st

When it's all about the finishes, look no further! Lovely and bright, this Roscoe Village second floor simplex on an oversized lot with southern exposure features custom finishes including trey ceilings, wainscoting, beveled granite counter tops, honed marble backsplash and hearth surround, Brazilian cherry floors, Jenn Aire and Bosch appliances and solid core doors. The stone master bath features a separate steam shower, steeping tub, radiant heated floors, and cherry cabinetry. The second bedroom adjoins the second marble bath.  Both bedrooms have walk in closets.  Storage is ample with in unit as well as a separate storage locker.  Included is a private deck and garage parking. Walk to the brown line el, Starbucks, yoga, Trader Joes and all Roscoe Village locations.  Don't miss this one!

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago's North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue  
Chicago IL 60657
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Chicago Condo For Sale: West Loop Wonder!

by Karen Breen Elia

Chicago Condo For Sale: West Loop Wonder!

35 S Racine Ave #5SE, Chicago IL 60607
MLS# 08555282

35 S Racine Ave

West Loop Wonder!  Hurry to The Racine, a mid-rise, boutique, elevator building in the best West Loop location. This exquisite three bedroom, two bath luxury condo has high end finishes, and is in pristine condition.  Enter the graceful slate floored foyer and into the sunlight living/dining room combo with Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, crown moldings and gas fireplace with lovely mantle and slate surround. The expansive kitchen has a huge granite breakfast bar, 42” cherry cabinetry, Brazilian cherry floor and all stainless steel appliances.   The serene master suite includes a walk-in closet, marble master bath complete with separate body spray shower, whirlpool tub, and huge granite double sink vanity. There are two additional bedrooms  with spacious closets and a second marble bath completes the interior space.  This unit features a covered terrace adjoining the living room and a private roof deck with awesome skyline views.  Included is a heated, garage space with additional storage. This home is located in the Skinner school district.  Walk to the blue line el.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago's North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue  
Chicago IL 60657
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Chicago Condo For Sale: Sleek And Sophisticated!

by Karen Breen Elia

Chicago Condo For Sale: Sleek And Sophisticated!

550 N St Clair St #1903, Chicago IL 60611
MLS# 08554537

550 n st clair

Brininstool + Lynch designed sleek and sophisticated glass tower in the dynamic Streeterville neighborhood. Light filled 19th floor SE corner unit with striking city views features three fully enclosed bedrooms plus three full luxury baths. Only six units per floor on these higher premium levels.  11’ ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and Brazilian cherry floors throughout.  High end kitchen with European designer cabinetry, granite island, and a Subzero and Bosch appliance package.  Master suite features two large closets, and a full marble bath with European shower and steeping tub. Second bedroom has ensuite bath perfect for guests.  Large adjoining terrace and separate laundry room.  Heated, deeded garage parking is an additional $45,000.  Building amenities include 24 hour door staff, on site management, exercise room, storage locker, bike room, indoor pool and saunas. Superior location ½ block from Magnificent Mile and three blocks from the lakefront.
 

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago's North Side.

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Record Breaking Year For CHIditarod

by Karen Breen Elia

(Chiberia, March 3, 2014)— More than 1,100 dedicated souls braved the freezing winds and blustery snowfall this Saturday in Chicago’s West Town, Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods to run the 9th annual CHIditarod. The CHIditarod gleefully describes itself as “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive” and consists of elaborately decorated shopping carts, costumes, and a five-mile run through Chicago’s near Northwest Side.

2014 was a year for the record books. More than 20,000 pounds of food were collected for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, CHIditarod’s food beneficiary for the past several years. Participants also raised more than $36,000 benefitting the CHIditarod Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Additional fundraising and food collection continues to be tallied; any updates will be posted on the CHIditarod website.

This cause resonates with everyone, since we all know what hunger feels like,” said Chiditarod founder Devin Breen. He added that the Greater Chicago Food Depository has been “an awesome partner” by making collection and donation easy and by understanding that “charity can be slapstick as well as solemn.”

The two teams that took the food drive to new heights were the Chidiots and Jack and the Distillers. They respectively brought in 3,293 and 2,917 pounds of food, a whopping ⅓ of the total food brought to the race by the 147 participating teams and volunteers. Additionally, this years “Most Epic Fundraiser” award went to The Area 3 All Stars team for fundraising $4,202; they also took the first place prize for time. The second place fundraising team was the Derailers with $4,005, followed by Gutterballs with $2,563. The team that won “Best in Show” were the Chubby Stewardesses. This coveted award was presented based upon their awesome danceability, airplane-sized beverage selection, and 2-part shopping cart airplane with collapsible wings.

The generosity and spirit at the CHIditarod demonstrates just how awesome and dedicated Chicagoans are.” said Breen. “The levels of creativity, participation, and generosity exhibited by our teams increase every year. It warms my heart to see so many people doing so much for our neighbors in need while having a total blast in the process.”

If you have any questions, please visit www.chiditarod.org or send an email to press@chiditarod.org. Once again, thank you for your continued support and don’t forget to be our friend or follower on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

Mushing for charity, glory, and Chicago,

 

CHIditarod Raises Money for Greater Chicago Food Depository

by Karen Breen Elia

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, hundreds of participants lined up for a fun shopping cart race that does good.

The CHIditarod collects donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Devin Breen, Founder of CHIditarod, and Jim Conwell from GCFD, joined us live during our ABC 7 Eyewitness News Saturday Morning to tell us about the great cause behind the fun race.

You can watch the race online: http://www.chiditarod.org/watch

 

Chiditarod Needs Your Help Feeding Chicago's Hungry

by Karen Breen Elia

My son, Devin Breen, is the co-founder of Chiditarod, a raucous mobile food drive that combines elements of a race with costumes, shopping carts, and Chicago’s own unique style of social activism. I am extremely proud of Devin and the charitable work he does. He is a true inspiration.

The 9th annual Chiditarod takes place this Saturday, March 1. By his own admission, Devin is better at organizing than promoting the event and I am asking for your help in raising money to feed the hungry. Please read Devin's letter below, click on the link for Devin's fundraiser page and make a donation to eradicate hunger in Chicago.

Greetings, friends,

Many of you have heard of (or even experienced) an event I began in 2006 and hold very dear to my heart -- The Chiditarod.  The Chiditarod is a raucous mobile food drive that combines elements of a race with costumes, shopping carts, and Chicago’s own unique style of social activism. In other words, 800 people will don elaborate costumes while racing a tricked out shopping cart down the streets of Chicago.  The carts arrive at the race filled with canned food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Chiditarod IX races into history this Saturday, March 1, 2014.

This is a crazy event with a very serious cause — feeding the hungry. I am asking for your support to help us raise our fundraising goal of $25,000 for the Chiditarod Foundation -- the non profit I founded in 2012.  The Chiditarod Foundation seeks to alleviate hunger and solve the root causes of hunger through creativity, engagement and direct action.  Food and food security is an essential and necessary ingredient in life. We believe that no one in Chicago should go hungry. In 2013 the Foundation gave out $20,000 in grants to 501(c)3 organizations in Chicago who are solving hunger in innovative ways.  We want to do even MORE in 2014 and you can help us!

As the co-founder of the event, I've been involved since the beginning and have experienced the joy of watching the event grow from 100 racers in 2006 to 800 racers, 300 volunteers, and 25 Coreganizers (aka Core Organizers) in 2014.  For 4 months it's my 2nd full-time job.  I spend all non-business (and much sleeping) hours working on this event.  I'm historically much better at organizing the event than promoting it, so I'm challenging that status quo by holding this fundraiser.  And, I'm challenging EVERY other team to hold the top fundraising spot.. will you help me achieve this goal?!  To add to the drama, I'm looking to raise $5,000 in 3 DAYS.  Let's do it!!

My Fundraiser Page:
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/devin-breen/chiditarod-2014

Your generous donation supports grassroots, hunger-fighting initiatives. Organizations like food banks, urban farms, educational programs, mobile farmers,  programs for children, community gardens, markets, and more!  Thank you so much for your generous contribution to help us eradicate hunger in Chicago, and for supporting the Chiditarod all these years. I am truly humbled.

Please consider forwarding this email along to your altruistic, fun-loving friends.  And most importantly, thank you for your time and consideration.

Warmest Regards in this epic winter,
Devin

Thank you for supporting Devin, the Chiditarod and Chicago's hungry!

Chicago Condo For Rent: The Lifestyle You Desire!

by Karen Breen Elia

Chicago Condo For Rent: The Lifestyle You Desire!

3660 N Lake Shore Dr #1313, Chicago IL 60613
MLS# 08533847

3660 n lake shore dr

Northeast views of park & lake from condo & balcony on Chicago’s lakefront. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath at New York Private Residences promises the lifestyle you want. Newer stainless steel appliances, carpet & paint. Bright & sunny apartment with excellent closets and storage. Walk-in closet in master suite. 24 hour door staff, on site manager & engineer, laundry room, health club with pool (separate membership), party room, cleaners, bike room, sundeck and commissary. Heated garage parking INCLUDED.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago's North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue  
Chicago IL 60657
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Lincoln Square Condo For Sale: 3009 W Gunnison St #2S

by Karen Breen Elia

Lincoln Square Condo For Sale:

3009 W Gunnison St #2S, Chicago IL 60625
MLS# 08524912

Lincoln Square Lovely!

3009 w gunnison st

Lincoln Square Lovely!  Adorable one bedroom with great finishes and open floor plan on lovely Lincoln Square/Albany Park block.  Newly installed Brazilian cherry floors.  The kitchen is a focal point with loads of counter space,  granite counter -tops and breakfast bar,  stainless steel appliances and cherry stained cabinets.  There is the convenience of the in-unit laundry, and luxury of the marble bath with cherry vanity and granite top.  The unit features individual gas forced air heat and central air conditioning.   There is a large private storage closet and bike storage.  Easy street parking and a short walk to restaurants, shopping, the brown line el, Chicago River and all Lincoln Square attractions.

MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Karen Breen Elia & Louis M. Elia, REALTORS®, are brokers for homes, condos, and multi-unit properties on Chicago's North Side.

ChicagoCityHomes, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties
2951 North Lincoln Avenue  
Chicago IL 60657
Toll Free: (866) 404-3585 Fax: (773) 938-1467 
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