Thursday, July 31, 2008

First Annual Elite Fitness Charity Challenge

The goal is neighbors helping neighbors. They will be having a mini Triathalon on August 16th consisting of a 10 minute swim at WSCC, 20 minute spin bike at the Rec Center and a 2 mile run in Old Town followed by a family BBQ. This year's event will promote Melanoma Awareness and all proceeds will go to the Western Springs family of Bill Rasulo. You may register at Elite Fitness on the corner of Wolf Road and Hillgrove Ave. For corporate sponsorships and donations or to volunteer contact Deb Spartz. You can contact her at Additional questions call Elite Fitness at 708-246-4521.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hillgrove Wine Cellars Summer Sale

Now until August 15th enjoy some incredible buys at Hillgrove Wine Cellars in Western Springs. for directions on how to get there. You might want to go on Thursday and stop at the French Market on Hillgrove Avenue just East of Wolf Road. The French Market is open from 2-7 pm.

Trivia Night benefitting the LaGrange Area Historical Society

Saturday, September 13th at the LaGrange Recreation Building, 536 East Avenue in LaGrange. Space is limited and reservations are required. If you happen to be one of those people who knows a lot of trivia this is your night!!!

Doors open at 6 pm, game starts at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and last place(looks like you don't really need to know any trivia). Lots of door prizes and raffles.

This is a Ravinia style event. Bring your own snacks and beverages(alcohol is permitted).

Tables of Eight for $150.00-Individual contestants $20.00 per person. Make check payable to the LaGrange Area Historical Society and return to 444 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange, Il 60525

Questions call 708-860-1429. Help keep our area history alive and have some fun doing it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Open House Sunday-33 Cumnor in Westmont

I know this isn't Western Springs, but I have a nice listing in Westmont. It is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath new home with a first floor office on a large lot. Walk to Westmont train station. I will be there Sunday from 1-2:30 Stop by if you have a chance. Home is for sale for $669,000.00.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

2-B Weavers in Western Springs is closing

Everything is on sale for 20-40% off until August 23rd when they will close after 16 1/2 years. They are also selling their display items. They are located at 1060 Hillgrove Avenue in Western Springs.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

1st Annual Men's Golf Outing for St. John of the Cross Athletic Association

Friday, September 26, 2008 at the Oak Brook Hills Golf Course. Shotgun start at 1:00 pm. All proceeds to support St. John of the Cross Athletic Association. Prizes for best ball, closest to the pin, best team score. Space is limited...reserve your spot today! For more information contact Mike Callaghan at 708-784-1537.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

My guitar

Andy Rice, a resident of Field Park has started a site for guitar enthusiasts. Check it out!

Lyons Township High School Class Reunions

The Class of 1998 will be having its 10th reunion on Oct. 4th. E-mail Mike McNeily at for information. The Class of 1978 will have its 30th reunion Oct. 11th. They are looking for addresses so send them to The class of 1966 will have its reunion on Oct. 11th at Harry's Sports Bar and Grille, 9901 W. 55th St., Countryside at 7 PM. Call Ellen Houck Busch at 708-354-5847.

Closing on condo in Springwood Manor in Western Springs

Closed July 1st. This 2 br, 2 bath condo was on the market for 454 days. It originally listed for $224,900 and sold for $187,000. If you are thinking of moving call me today for a free market consultation. I would love to come discuss your home with you. Linda Hanley Kelly, Charles Rutenberg Realty, 708-334-5356.

French Market Today!

Don't forget to stop by the French Market on Hillgrove Avenue directly East of Wolf Road. Many vendors with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, artwork and jewelry. Plus some delicious pastries! Great place to see your neighbors. See you there. Every Thursday through October from 2-7 pm.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Closed in Western Springs

4540 Franklin in Ridge Acres of Western Springs
Original list price $895,000 Closed in July for $757,000
Was on the market for 214 days.
If you or anyone you know is looking for a home please have them call me. There are some excellent buys out there!
Linda Hanley Kelly, Broker, Charles Rutenberg Realty
708-334-5356 email me for a complete listin on this property along with interior pictures.

Monday, July 21, 2008

High School Rep Summer Stock Production...

Urinetown...Uproariously funny musical! Come see it at the Theatre of Western Springs. Show times are at 7:30 pm on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th plus Saturday, the 26th and Sunday the 27th at 2:30 pm. The Theatre of Western Springs is located at 4384 Hampton Avenue in Western Springs. Tickets are $13.00. Call the box office at 708-246-3380.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Registration for 2008-2009 School Year

LaGrange Highlands Elementary School registration for Kindergarten students and the kindergarten open house will take place Wednesday, August 20th. Grades 1-5 will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 am on the first day of school-Monday, August 25th. Middle School registration will be Wed., Aug. 13th from 7-9 am and from 6-7pm. Families currently enrolled will receive a registration packet in the mail with the forms that need to be completed and brought to registration. These forms can be printed out from the districts website,

LaGrange Highlands School services the Springdale, Ridgewood and Timber Trails neighborhoods in Western Springs.

Monday, July 14, 2008

One more closing for July in Western Springs

I missed this one: 3922 Howard in Field Park...Listed for $1,469,000 Sold $1,350,000 Closed on July 10th

Taste of the Arts at the Theatre of Western Springs

Enjoy an evening on the patio sampling culinary and performing arts. $50.00 per person. This is the 2nd year and promises to be even better than last year! Restaurants who will be participating include The Grapevine, The Magic Wok, Chequers, Events by Tommy R's, Banana Bakery, Ditkas, Bernard's Cafe & Deli, Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, Capri Ristorante, Balduccis Italian Restaurant, Bella Bacino's, Now Serving Cafe/Catering, A Taste of Vino and La Dolce Vita. Saturday July 19th from 6:30 until 11 pm.
There will be a live auction and a raffle drawing. There will be one act plays going on in the Cattell wing while a variety of musicians perform music on the patio. Young actors from the Children's Theatre will perform scenes from "Sure Thing" and high school students will perform songs from their upcoming performance of "Urinetown". The show will run from July 25-27 in the Cattell Theater. The highlight of the evening will be a sword fight demonstration by R and D Choreography of Chicago. This evening will be lots of fun!

Seniors' Luncheon for Springdale in Western Springs

The 1st annual luncheon will take place on Friday, July 25th at the Flame Restaurant at 803 Joliet Road in Countryside. Come enjoy a delicious meal and catch up with your neighbors. There will be a door prize raffle and musical entertainment.

Cost is $8.00 per person with a choice of Flame Butt Steak, Orange Roughy or Parmesan Crusted Chicken. All are served with a baked potato and vegetable plus a chocolate sundae, coffee and soft drinks.

*sponsored and subsidized by the Springdale Civic Association

Saturday, July 12, 2008

DuPage Dragons...

Member of the Central Illinois Collegiate League. This exciting team is owned by The Thiessen Family here in Western Springs. The team consists of baseball players with college eligibility(most are from the surrounding suburbs) who are gaining experience playing with wooden bats.

Games are in the evenings at 7:05 at the Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle. It's a great way to spend an evening outside. There is a moon jump, mascot, the kids run the bases after the games and can get autographs. The complex also offers a full concession menu including beer!

Check out their website

Friday, July 11, 2008

Closings on Single Family Homes in Western Springs since July 1st

101 53rd Street in Springdale started at $469,000/Sold for $400,000 Closed 7/1
3936 Johnson Avenue in Field Park started at $599,000/Sold for $535,000 Closed 7/1
5223 Ellington Avenue in Springdale started at $729,900/Sold for $635,000 Closed 7/1
4443 Clausen in Ridge Acres-new construction Listed $1,499,000/Sold $1,475,000 Closed 7/8
4900 Fair Elms in Forest Hills-new const. Listed $1,419,000/Sold $1,325,000 Closed 7/10

Sold in Commonwealth in the Village

This was my listing. It had been on the market last year with a different agent. It started at $549,900. This year we listed it at $484,000 and lowered it to $479,000. It sold for $455,000. It closed on July 2nd.
This is the Forrester model. It was on a slab and backed to the creek. It was approx. 2500 square feet. If you or anyone you know needs a realtor, please have them call me.

Vacation Bible School

All Saints Episcopal Church at the corner of Woodland and Walnut
Call 708-246-0030 or register online at

Sidewalk Sale

Friday July 11th and Saturday July 12th you can get some extreme deals at the Western Springs Sidewalk Sales

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

If you are in the 6th to 12th grades head over to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library to view a special creepy film. They supply snacks and the 3D glasses. Thrills & Laughs! Friday July 18th at 7PM.