Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winner of the DaVinci Red Wine from Western Springs Raffle

Meet Monique Keeley from Western Springs. She was a first time winner of the raffle. She said the wine came on a very good day. Join me and the rest of my readers for a chance to win prizes every Monday!
The wine was donated by a reader who is looking for a job. If you know anyone looking for a CPA think of Mitch.

Western Springs Raffle prize for January 31, 2011

I am raffling off a real $50.00 bill this week. I am certain this is going to be an excellent year. Everytime the last day of the month is on a Monday I will raffle off $50.00. That will happen in January, February and October. The the winning number will always be 50! Join all the others who have been with me for years. We have fun and help one another.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

School district 101 Band and Orchestra Association is having a fundraiser we can all enjoy!

Show you support of the Western Springs District 101 Band and Orchestra Association by purchasing cookie dough. Choose from more than a dozen flavors from Tasty Batters or three flavors of organic, peanut-free, gluten-free cookie dough from a local supplier. Proceeds from this sale will support music education by funding instruments, professional music assemblies, music camp scholarships, student lessons and field trips. All Western Springs District 101 students will be taking cookie dough orders from February 14th through February 28th. Pickup will be on March 22nd. For more information contact Mo Phillips at

Now you all know I am a realtor and I want to tell you how important good schools are to your property values. And the extras like band and orchestra are important. So why don't we all order some cookie is fun for us and it helps our schools. If you need me to send a student over to your house let me know.

It is party time in Western Springs...Come to the birthday party!

Here is the Western Springs Tower. Now read this article and see the cake that was made for the party! Wow, Kirschbaums did an amazing job. 1-5 at McClure Sunday, January 30th ... see you there.

Friday, January 28, 2011

4056 Hampton Avenue, Old Town of Western Springs

Short sale-now $548,999
3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath close to Laidlaw School and access to major highways. 50 x 132 lot.

3904 Rose Avenue in Old Town of Western Springs

Great opportunity to move into Western Springs
$275,000-Built in 1955 this 4 bedroom, 2 bath home sits on a 50 x 125 lot
Home needs updating.

Take a tour of 4130 Gilbert in Field Park of Western Springs

Walk to Stone Avenue Station...this home is far better than a condo. Soon it will be summer and you can enjoy the beautiful backyard with newer deck and newer detached 2+ Garage.
Take a tour and give me a call to show it to you. Linda at 708-334-5356

Take a tour of 915 Elm Street in Old Town South of Western Springs

Take a tour and then call me to make an appointment to see. Office over the garage being finished as I write this. Great space for studio, office, anything you have been dreaming of. And you don't need to go through the house to access it! Linda at 708-334-5356

Things to do with Kids in Western Springs

One of my clients has started a blog about things to do with kids in Western Springs. Be sure and check it out.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chili Cookoff at the Parish Center of St. John of the Cross in Western Springs

The St. John of the Cross Men't Club invites you to chili and cards. Thursday evening, February 10th for the 2nd annual Chili Cookoff. At the Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. Time: 7 PM. For men 21 years and older. For more information and to enter your chili call Guy Vorsanger @708-354-9134. There will be chili and other refreshments and Texas Hold 'em.

New Listing 915 Elm Street in Old Town South of Western Springs

This is the one....large lot and location only 2 blocks to train and town. Current owners have reconfigured home since their purchase. Improvements include Brazilian cherry hardwood floors on first floor, new kitchen with windows changed to fit new design, extreme amount of cabinets in kitchen make this an entertainers dream, large island with custom stainless steel top, Subzero 700 refrigerator with drawers, 2 freezer drawers, Miele built-in beverage center with warming drawer, Wolf dual fuel stove w/hood with warming racks, built-in buffet, extra deep cabinets to ceiling, new master bathroom with steam shower, 2 shower heads, body spayer, heated floor, bonus room built over garage perfect for the home business, new cement driveway, new carpet on second floor and in rec rooms, new powder room and many more improvements. Call today to see this great home in a great location. School bus to Laidlaw! $1,150,000

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

For Sale 5325 Grand in Forest Hills of Western Springs

4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath on a 50 x 187. Sold in 2009 for $449,000. Listed for $509,900. First floor family room.

New Listing 4811 Central in Forest Hills of Western Springs

Liveable home on 70 x 187 lot. $435,000.

Village of Western Springs Sales Tax Report

September 2010 - November 2010 $177,564 down from $180,120 for the same time period in the previous year. Shop local and help keep our costs down.

Caseys Market Battle of the Beef

Caseys Market, at 915 Burlington Avenue in downtown Western Springs, has been slow roasting their beef for years. That was the only beef they were selling because they thought it was the best. Recently they added Boars Head roast beef to their deli department. After some time they are proud to say that their beef is outselling the Boars Head. Reviews are good on the Boars Head too.

Stop by and pick up some of their signature beef and be sure and get some homemade aus jus-plus a nice crunchy bread to put it on.

Don't forget the Birthday Blast this Saturday for Western Springs 125 year birthday

At McClure Junior High on Sunday January 30th from 1-5. 1:00 Choral performances 2:00 Salute to the Citizens of the Year 2:00-4:00 Ice Sculpture demonstration 2:30 Cake cutting 4:00 bonfire. Ice Skating available from 1-5 pm-skates will be available at no charge.

Price reduced on this charming ranch in Field Park of Western Springs

Everything has been done in this home. Newly finished rec room in basement, newer 2 plus car garage, beautiful yard with deck, hardwood floors! Call me to see this lovely home offered at $379,000. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty 708-334-5356

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Be sure and watch season 4 of the Million Dollar Listing

I was first turned on to this show when visiting my sons in LA. I was surprised at how similar I am to these guys. Check it out on Bravo. Season premier is February 3rd at 8 pm.

Western Springs' resident part of Robyn Carr's New novel "Harvest Moon"

Western Springs native Laura Osika will be cast as a friend of the main character. She will be in the Robyn Carr novel titled "Harvest Moon", from the Virgin River series. Article from the Suburban Life. Congratulations Laura!

January 28th Friday at The Ford-Singer/Songwriter Tom Kastle

7:30 pm January 28th Kastle, a tall ship captain and teller of tales, will sing maritime classics and original songs. The concert is free. It is brought to us by The Western Springs Library Friends. They will serve refreshments. No registration - just grab the family and friends and come on over to the Library. 800 Chestnut Street in Western Springs.

Winner of the White Wine-Western Springs Raffle

Carol was a first time winner of the raffle. She won the Da Vinci white wine donated by Mitch Johnson who is looking for some help finding a job.

Carol is a sub in school district 101. She loves it and respects all the time the teachers in our area give to their jobs. Carol surprised me with a gift of homemade chocolate sauce. How did she know I LOVE chocolate. Thanks Carol!

Winner of the Gift Basket - Western Springs Raffle

Carissa won the gift basket but was out of town. Her mom Pam was nice enough to come to my house and pick up her prize.

Western Springs Raffle prize for January 24th - Win a bouquet of Tulips

Bring a little spring inside your home. I will be dropping off two bouquets of tulips to number 4 and the closest to 104 who has never won before.

TIP: put a copper penny in your vase and it will make the tulips stand up. Amazing!

Last night for "The Grapes of Wrath" at Lyons Township High School

7 pm at the Reber Center of the Lyons Township North Campus on Brainard in LaGrange

Just Listed-4928 Lawn in Western Springs Forest Hills

4 bedroom, 2 bath on a 75 x 187 lot. Great home for entertaining. Plus the ability to someday have a great lot to build on. Close to town and St. John of the Cross and Forest Hills School. $630,000
Call me to see it. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty 708-334-5356 Member of the MLS of Northern Illinois and a full-time broker for 30 years! Plus a resident of Field Park in Western Springs.

Friday, January 21, 2011

3920 Harvey in Field Park - Back on for $445,500

Charming brick English on a 60 x 131 lot in Field Park. Originally listed for $479,000 it has come back on the market for $445,500. If you are buying this year let me show you this home.

Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty 708-334-5356

Thursday, January 20, 2011

For Sale 4073 Rose in Old Town of Western Springs

Many new things have been done to this brick colonial. $599,000 is the asking price. Lot 50 x 150, 4 br, 1 1/2 bath with a family room. Start looking now so you understand the market.
Call me, Linda at 708-334-5356

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kensington School in Western Springs

Full day programs for children age 6 weeks to five years emphasizes the development of the whole child. They work on social and verbal skills in the infant and toddler period. Preschool full day program offers an activity centered curriculum with sound basics. Reading readiness, Spanish and activities to enhance large and fine motor skills, art, music and social skills.

Call 1-630-990-8000 to make an appointment to come visit.

FREE Beer Tasting event at Hillgrove Wine Cellars in Western Springs

January 28th, 2011 from 7-10 pm at 800 Hillgrove Avenue in Western Springs. They are launching their new beer club. Stop in and try some of the finest craft beers and become a member of their monthly beer club.

St. Francis Xavier Day School Open House-LaGrange

Open House on Sunday, January 30th from 1-3 pm at the East Campus, 21 N. Catherine in LaGrange. Students come from LaGrange, Western Springs, LaGrange Park,etc.
Learn more about this local school.

Bank owned condos in downtown Hinsdale-107 S Grant

107 S Grant in Hinsdale offers an exceptional location to town and train. Beautiful building. Third floor unit for sale by bank for $475,000-ORIGINALLY $795,000 and the garden unit if for sale by the bank for $434,500-ORIGINALLY $765,000.
2 bedroom, 2 bath with parking, nice woodwork, and more. Call me to show them to you today!
Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty, 708-334-5356

Price reduction in Old Town of Western Springs

3915 Woodland in Old Town was originally $589,900 and is now being offered for $499,900.
Let's go see some houses...Linda

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

New on the market-3930 Franklin in Field Park of Western Springs

3 bedroom, family room, 1 1/2 baths with hardwood floors throughout and a brand new stone bathroom. Move right into this well done home. $599,900

5814 B Wolf Road Ridgewood Oaks

Just Listed...2 bedroom with den. 184,900

4209 Western in Old Town of Western Springs

4209 Western Avenue in Old Town of Western Springs Built in 2008 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath on a 50 x 132 lot. Asking $1,250,000

4040 Clausen in Field Park of Western Springs

Cute cottage on an 80 x 131 lot for $399,000. Rent out, teardown later. Or just a sweet house to live in.

Relisted in Ridgewood Oaks for $164,900

Great price for this condo

First Congregational Church of Western Springs Preschool Fall 2011 Registration

January 24-28 Come tour their facility, meet the teachers, observe a class. Call 708-246-4908 or email for an appointment. Registration forms and information.

Classes fill up quickly so don't delay!

Western Springs School of Talent Eduction WINTER OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, January 30th from 3 until 3:45 pm at The Educational Building of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut Street. This will be an informative and entertaining session on Suzuki Music Instruction.

Casino Night at the Village Club of Western Springs Saturday Jan. 22nd, 2011

Feel like your are in Las Vegas without the long flight! Take a break from winter and head over to the Village Club of Western Springs on Lawn Avenue in Western Springs. Read the flyer and learn all about it! $45.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door.

Price Reduction at 508 45th Street in Ridge Acres of Western Springs

This price reduction caught my eye and I wanted to share it with all of you. Home is walking distance to the train. Originally listed for $385,000 it has been on the market for 211 days. It was recently reduced to $319,999. It is on a short lot-100 feet deep but 75 feet wide. I think it is a great way to get into Western Springs. Listed with the MLS with a different agency I would be happy to be your buyer's agent.

Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty, 708-334-5356

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Winner of the Webkin's leopard-WesternSpringsRaffle

Jennifer from Lawn Avenue in the Old Town section of Western Springs had her first win. She won a leopard Webkin which her children were the recipients of.

Play to win prizes each week.

Congratulations Chicago Bears!!!

Great Game and the fun continues....
Forget Sunday open houses for a couple of weeks.
Real Estate's Spring market officially starts the week after Super Bowl.

Get me today! Linda Hanley Kelly, 708-334-5356
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Theatre of Western Springs-Margaret Moon Memorial Lecture

Monday night, January 17th from 7 to 8:30 PM at the LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Road.
Members of the Theatre of Western Springs will discuss the history of the Theatre.
Performances by the cast members of a scene from "The Quick -Change Room" which runs through Jan. 23rd.
This program is in memory of Margaret Moon. Margaret was a reference librarian at LaGrange Park for over 20 years and a longtime supporter of the Theatre.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Here are a couple of homes I toured today....

4942 Fair Elms in Western Springs and 610 S. Stone in LaGrange

Fair Elms is a very unique ranch with a three-sided glass room in the master bedroom that overlooks Koi pond. Long private drive, sides to creek, new sauna in basement. $519,000
610 S. Stone is in the Country Club section of LaGrange. Beautiful, traditional center entrance colonial with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, family room close to parks and short walk to train. Asking $659,000
Call me to represent you as a buyer's agent. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty, 708-334-5356

WSCCA Senior Center FRIDAY afternoon Game Day

Get out of the house and join some other seniors for a card game or various board games. Every Friday afternoon from 12-3 at the Senior Center, 4211 Grand Avenue/2nd floor, Western Springs. To inquire about all of their activities call 708-246-3299.

Don't forget about the Western Springs Taxi program. It is administered at the Center and is available to seniors, handicapped or disabled members who are residents of the Village of Western Springs.

Teen All Night Ski Trip - Western Springs Rec Department

February 4th and 5th at Chestnut Mountain in Galena or 708-246-9070

January 17th raffle prize for the WesternSpringsRaffle

Mitch Johnson, a local CPA is sponsoring this week's raffle. The prizes are a bottle of Da Vinci Chianti and a bottle of Da Vinci Pinot Grigio.

Mitch is a 7 year resident of Western Springs. Currently he is in transition and could use the assistance of the Western Springs community to find his next opportunity. Mitch is a licensed CPA with 20 years experience in financial accounting, audit and corporate tax. Mitch is looking for contacts in the business community. He has a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Mitch can be reached at Mitch would welcome the support of the Western Springs community with any referrals or suggestions.

Sign up now if you are not a member of the WesternSpringsRaffle.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Middaugh Clarendon Hill - 1,099,900 Built by Beechen & Dill

Out on tour this morning. Home built by Beechen & Dill they had their listing on Tuttle open for all of the realtors to see. Home on Tuttle was up for $1,249,000 and is sold. Picture to the left is of 120 Tuttle but they will be building a similar home on Middaugh. Lot is 60 x 230 and backs to Hinsdale Country Club.
Interesting info-Beechen and Dill built 25 homes last year.

If you would like to see Middaugh give me a call. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty, 708-334-5356

For Rent: Franklin in Field Park-4340 Franklin

2 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths built in 2005 Full walkout basement with 2 car garage. $2750 Per month

Sold 1228 Walnut in Old Town of Western Springs

Excellent location in the Old Town Section of Western Springs. Home was on a 50 x 200 foot lot. Originally listed for $659,900 and lowered to $649,000 the home was on the market for 40 days. It was then taken off and put back on at $599,900. It sold in 16 days at that price and closed on January 10th, 2011 for a sale price of $570,000.
Work with a realtor who has access to all the listings in the multiple listing service. Pick one with experience and integrity.....PICK ME. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty, 708-334-5356

Western Springs Police Department Service Evaluation Survey

The Village of Western Springs is a wonderful community to live in and raise a family in. In order to keep it that way the Western Springs Police Department is always working to keep it a safe place to live. To help them continue to make improvements they have an online survey they would like completed by anyone who has received service from them. Take a few minutes and complete it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tuesday January 11th...Registration for Spring 2011 LaCrosse

Travel/House Leagues for boys in grades 3rd to 8th. At the rec center, 1500 Walker in Old Town of Western Springs. 7-8:30 pm. Check out registration information for after this date.

Investment Discussion Group at Thomas Ford Memorial Library on January 11th

7:15 pm Local investors come together at the library once a month to discuss financial trends, strategies and places to find reliable information. No registration, no money changes hands. Just a time to learn from one another.

Senior 's Club at the Recreation Center 1500 Walker Western Springs

Monday-JANUARY 10th at 1 PM at the Rec Center Fred Walker, guitarist and singer of folk and patriotic songs will be the guest entertainer.

North Campus Reber Center Lyons Township High School An evening with Barbara Coloroso

Monday January 24th at 7 pm. Internationally recognized author and speaker will address the three characters in the bully circle. She will offer advice on what families can do to help kids break the cycle of violence. 100 S. Brainard, LaGrange

Reber Center Play-"The Grapes of Wrath"

Tickets are $10.00 per adult, $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. LT students are free with ID. 7 Pm at the Reber Center on January 20th, 21st and 22nd. North Campus, 100 S. Brainard, LaGrange.