Spring and Summer Festivals for Park Ridge and Chicago Suburbs


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Interesting Events, Park Ridge Community Events | Posted on 14-04-2016

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Wow, it’s finally that time of the year again! Spring is here and summer is right behind it. Here are some of the upcoming Chicago area festivals:

CIMMfest: The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
April 14-17

Chicago Pinot Days
April 16

2016 NFL Draft and Fan Festival
April 28 – 30

Chicago Zine Fest
April 29 – 30

One of A Kind Show and Sale | Spring Show
April 29 – May 1

Baconfest Chicago
April 30 – May 1


MAY 2016

Memorial Day Parade Chicago

One of A Kind Show and Sale | Spring Sale
Through May 1

Chicago Improv Festival
May 2 – 8

James Beard Foundation Awards
May 2

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 7

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Spring Festival
May 7 – 23

Chicago Craft Beer Week
May 14 – 24

May 20 – 22

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents Wright Plus Housewalk
May 21

Lincoln Park Wine Festival
May 21 – 22

Bike the Drive
May 24

Chicago Memorial Day Parade
May 28

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
May 28 – September 3

Randolph Street Market Festival
May 28 – 29

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
May 28 – 29

Mole de Mayo
May 27 – 29

May 28 – 31


JUNE 2016

Puerto Rican Parade & Festival Chicago

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 23

June 2 – 5

Pivot Arts Festival
June 2 – 12

Chicago Gospel Music Festival
June 3 – 4

Do Division
June 3 – 5

Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico
June 3 – 5

57th Street Art Fair
June 4 – 5

Lincoln Park Greek Fest
June 5 – 7

Copa America Centenario
June 5, 7, 10

Millennium Park Music Series
June 6 – August 25

Andersonville Midsommarfest
June 10 – 12

Ribfest Chicago
June 10 – 12

Chicago Blues Festival
June 10 – 12

America’s Cup World Series
June 10 -12

Spring Awakening Music Festival
June 10 – 12

Pilsen Food Truck Social
June 11 – 12

Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair 
June 11 – 12

Wells Street Art Festival
June 11 – 12

Grant Park Music Festival
June 15 – August 20

Puerto Rican Festival & Parade
June 16 – 19

Chicago Ale Fest
June 17 – 18

Brew to Be Wild
June 17 – 18

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino
June 17 – 19

Taste of Randolph
June 17 – 19

Windy City Lake Shake
June 17 – 19

Chicago Pride Fest
June 18 – 19

Green Music Fest
June 18 – 19

Dew Tour at Grant Park Skate Park
June 20 – 21

Make Music Chicago
June 21

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
June 21 – August 30

Copa America Centenario
June 22

Gold Coast Art Fair
June 24 – 26

Gold Coast Greek Fest
June 24 – 26

Logan Square Arts Festival
June 24 – 26

Chicago SummerDance
June 24 – September 11

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party
June 25

Rachael Ray’s Feedback Festival
June 25

Randolph Street Market Festival
June 25 – 26

Back Lot Bash
June 25 – 28

Chicago Pride Parade
June 26


JULY 2016

Windy City Smokeout

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 20

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 25

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 3

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 11

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
July 1 – 4

Chosen Few Picnic: House Music Festival
July 2 – 3

Windy City RibFest in Uptown
July 2 – 4

Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier
July 4

Taste of Chicago
July 6 – 10

Millennium Art Festival
July 8 – 10

Square Roots Festival
July 8 – 10

Ruido Fest
July 8 – 10

West Fest
July 8 – 10

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
July 9 – 10

Irish American Heritage Festival
July 10 – 12

artfest Michigan Avenue
July 15 – 17

Windy City Smokeout
July 15 – 17

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15 – 17

Southport Art & Music Fest
July 16 – 17

Chinatown Summer Fair
July 17

Dearborn Garden Walk
July 17

Taste of River North
July 22 – 24

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
July 23

Wicker Park Fest
July 23 – 24

Chicago Craft Beer Festival
July 23 – 24

Fiesta del Sol
July 28 – 31

Lollapalooza *25th annual*
July 28 – 31

Chicago Margarita Festival
July 30 – 31

Randolph Street Market Festival
July 30 – 31



Chicago SummerDance

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 20

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 25

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 30

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 3

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 11

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
August 5 – 7

Edge Fest
August 6 – 7

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
August 6 – 7

Wrigleyville SummerFest
August 6 – 7

Ginza Festival Chicago
August 12 – 14

Retro on Roscoe
August 12 – 14

Northalsted Market Days
August 13 – 14

West Loop Art Fair
August 17 – 18

Clark After Dark
August 18

Festa Italiana
August 19 – 21

Edison Park Fest
August 19 – 21

Chicago Air & Water Show
August 20 – 21

Albany Park World Fest
August 20 – 21

Chicago Dancing Festival *10th anniversary*
August 22 – 27

Taste of Greektown
August 27 – 28

Bucktown Arts Festival
August 27 – 28

Randolph Street Market Festival
August 27 – 28

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
August 28


What to do for New Year’s Eve in Park Ridge/Chicago


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Interesting Events, Park Ridge, Park Ridge Community Events | Posted on 29-12-2015

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If you still haven’t made plans – here are a few things that you can do for New Year’s Eve in/around the Chicago area.

Chicago Spirit New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise

Navy Pier
Chicago, IL

$159 includes: Special New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet, Premium Bar, Champagne Toast at midnight, DJ entertainment and Midnight Fireworks (weather permitting) provided by the City of Chicago.

District Bar

170 W Ontario
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 337-3477

$105 includes: General admission (per person), Top shelf open bar from 9pm-1:30am, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and a delectable full buffet until midnight. Party kicks off at 9:00PM.

Drake Hotel

140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL
(312) 787-2200

Celebrate the start to a new year at Chicago’s hottest New Year’s Eve event, Chicago Scene’s C’roc the New Year, it’s 10th Anniversary NYE Party. Party goers will enjoy open bar, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, special live performances and much more.

Guests have the option of purchasing general admission tickets at $165 (going up to $195) or VIP tickets at $225 (going up to $250).


420 1/2 West Diversey
Chicago, IL
(773) 549-9090

$75 includes: Elaborate dinner buffets, all draft beers, call drinks, Red Bull mixers, wine, soda, champagne, DJ, party favors and more from 8PM until last call (1:30AM).


160 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL

$85 includes: Top shelf open bar (wine, beer, premium cocktails, energy drinks), dinner buffet, champagne toast, and party favors.

Hard Rock Hotel

230 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

Featuring Ludacris! $180 includes: Champagne Toast & Balloon Drop at Midnight, Gourmet Hors D’oeuvres & Cheeses, 4 Hour Ultra Premium Open Bar Including Red Bull & Chocolate Buffet & Dessert Bar.

Hilton Chicago Hotel

Playboy New Year’s Eve Celebration
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Official Playboy New Years Eve Celebration featuring T-Pain and Jump Smokers! $215 includes: Access to Comandon Playboy VIP Lounge, 5 Hour Open Premium, Bar (1 Extra Hour), Meet and Greets with Eight Playboy Playmates, Live Casino Gambling, Expanded Hors d’oeuvres & Buffet, and Pole Dancing Demonstrations by Flirty Girl Fitness. Entertainment includes: T-Pain, Jump Smokers, Rafa-L The Saint, Chicago’s top DJs.

Hyatt Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

$119 includes (NYE Ticket only):Premium Open Bar, Buffet Stations (available 8:30pm-11pm), Access to Two Party Areas Featuring Acclaimed Chicago band – Mike and Joe & Energy Productions (DJ), Party Favors & JACK-FM Games, Countdown Festivities, Great Prizes, Party Hours 8:30PM – 1:30AM.

Hotel Party/Guest Room Packages – Starting at $349
Hotel guest rooms are only available with the purchase of a Party/Guest Room Package. A limited number of packages are available this year.

Landmark Grill + Lounge

1633 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL

$125 includes: (price does not include service fee) Open premium bar, a champagne toast at midnight, a buffet by TJ Harville and Ruben Izaguirre, and party favors.


1904 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL
(773) 904-8113

$75 includes: LOKaL and FUEL Promote present NYE Party 2010. Exclusive gourmet buffet dinner and all-night fully stocked open bar including quality spirits, beer, and wine. ($3.50 processing fee applies).


1113 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

$110 includes: 4-Course dinner and premium open bar. $85: Drink package only. Package includes champagne at midnight, party favors, and free bottle of champagne for every 4 tickets purchased.


3516 N.Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 224-1025

$85 includes: Top Shelf Drinks (Including Energy Drink Mixers), All Drafts, Food Buffet, Champagne Toast, Balloon Drop, Live DJ and more!


201 N. State St.
Chicago, IL

Package includes: Open bar, passed appetizers, champagne at midnight. Spend New Year’s above the city on the rooftop at theWit. Tables and tickets are limited. Visit the website for updated booking information.

Wyndham Chicago Downtown Hotel

633 N Saint Clair
Chicago, IL

$195 includes: Multiple rooms of entertainment, a four-hour top shelf open bar, a buffet of hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and live music.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Best Places to see Christmas Lights


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Christmas Lights, Interesting Events | Posted on 28-11-2015

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It’s that time of the year! Mad dashes to the mall, slick roads, beautiful snow and Christmas lights. Here’s a short list for some of the “bigger” Christmas displays around Park Ridge and the Chicago area.

Daley Center Christmas Tree

118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 443-5500


See the 70-foot tree donated by the John Colomer family of McHenry. This beautiful tree weighs over 11,900 pounds. Over 7,000 red, green and white lights adorn the tree and it is topped off with a brightly lit star. Fun Fact: Chicago’s first municipal Christmas tree was lit in 1913 on Christmas Eve by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park.

Be sure to visit Santa’s House and the Christkindlmarket while you’re there!

Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park
‪Chicago, IL 60605 ‬

Located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, Buckingham Fountain gets a major makeover for the holidays. See thousands of lights glitter through the colored water at Chicago’s favorite fountain.

Lincoln Park ZooLights

2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000

ZooLights is free and open to the public. Join the Lincoln Park Zoo for ice carving demonstrations, visits with Santa, warm drinks, cool crafts and more than one million beautiful lights.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic

3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513

December 26-New Year’s Day
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo features over 120 animated light displays and a million twinkling lights. Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Brookfield Zoos 29th annual Holiday Magic. Enjoy live entertainment, animals, professional ice carvers, train rides, a special Dolphin Show, and sing to the animals.

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 595-7437

Head to Navy Pier for the free holiday lights and festivities. See the Christmas lights, attractions, rides, indoor ice skating, and of course, the Navy Pier fireworks. Admission is free! Take advantage of the special Winter WonderFest parking rates.

Hope you enjoy the lights!

The February Data is in from the National Association of REALTORS


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Market Stats | Posted on 24-03-2010

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The AP reported that Midwest home sales were up 10% from this time a year ago. The data shows that roughly 68,000 homes were sold last month but the median price had dropped 2% to $128,000. For those of us that live around here, we know that $128k will get you a condo and that’s about it. 

The national data shows about the same increase – 8% – and the same decrease in median price – 2%.  Omaha, Nebraska had the worst drop in sales, 15% and Chicago had the highest jump of 33% in increased home sales. On the flip side, Chicago’s median price fell 10% – the worst in the region per the report.

As usual, we have good and bad with the reporting, but with the interest rates poised to stay low, there is increased optimism in the real estate community.

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How Bout’ Them Bears?


Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Interesting Events, Tax Credits and Info | Posted on 08-03-2010

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Other than a mostly beautiful weekend, all the talk around Chicagoland was about the Bears and their free agent signings this past Friday.  Not sure how deep your loyalties run, but I know I could turn the channel without hearing about the big splash they made in the free agent market.  Most of the talk about them was not so good before the pickups they made, but now it seems the optimism is back in Chicago. 

Amazing how quickly things can turn – now let’s do that with Real Estate in the area by extending the tax credit for first time home buyers and for people that have lived in their primary residences for the last 5 years. 

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