Fun Places to go This Fall in Chicagoland

Looking for places to take a date? Or something to occupy the kids this weekend? There are some really exciting places to go enjoy Fall activities this year! Here are just a few ideas :

A great place to go with kids or without is the Apple Festival in Lincoln Square October 3rd, 2015. There is a kid zone for activities and crafts, local musicians, and local vendors selling every kind of apple you can imagine!

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Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Sundays Oct 4-Dec 27, 2015 – Southern buffet and joyful singing will start your week off right! Click the photo for more info!

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Beer Tasting in the Garden – October 8, 2015  6-8pm at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe 

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Pumpkin Festival – Highwood October 9-11 2015 – parade, pet costumes, a 5K, hayrides, pumpkin carving- something for everyone!


Boo at the Zoo – October 17-18 and 24-25 at Brookfield zoo 

Info from their site:

  • Can you find your way out of the “Craized Maize” corn maze?
  • Cheer for the pumpkin or cheer on the “Pumpkin Smasher”
  • Take a spin on the “Creepy Carousel” *
  • Watch professional pumpkin carver create giant jack-o’-lanterns
  • Hop on the “Haunted Hayride” and go behind the scenes for a hauntingly good time *
  • At 1:00 p.m. the popular Costume Parade commences on the North Mall, goes around Roosevelt Fountain and concludes on the West Mall.
  • Participate in the Costume Showcase at 1:30 p.m. Prizes for best animal theme, scariest, most original and best group.
  • Build a scarecrow at the Hamill Family Play Zoo *
  • Great photo ops at several pumpkin patches
  • Watch animals enjoy their very own pumpkins 

Apple Picking at County Line Orchard – They feature a kids farm with animals, do it yourself apple picking, a maze and more! Season ends November 1st and until then you can pick daily 9-5pm!

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Evanston Market Report

For this week’s blog I thought I would give you all an overall look at the Evanston market. Evanston has remained one of the strongest markets in the North Shore for the second year in a row. Number of properties sold is up 15% from last year and inventory is down 10% from last month. Suggesting now is an excellent time to sell with low supply and high demand. In addition, the price per square foot is up 4% from last year. Good news all around!

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3 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

  1. Clean out the gutters- get rid of all those falling leaves. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked.

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2. Have the roof checked- worried your roof might have loose shingles or is showing its age? Now is the time to have a professional take a look before those Winter storms come in.

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3. Get your pipes prepared for the cold!

  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
  • Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.

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