Category Archives: Meet the Neighbors

Meet the Neighbors: Edgewater Glen Neighbor Runs for Judge

John Christopher Benson, who lives on the 1200 block of Glenlake with his wife and 12 year old foster son, is running for Cook County Judge, 8th subcircuit, which includes Edgewater Glen. For more information about our neighbor, you can take a look at an article by the Chicago Tribune, as well as a link to John’s website below.

John can be reached at

Our neighbor Mark LaFerney is on his way to becoming the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family DIY Star” (Video)


Exciting news folks! With help from the neighbors, we can put Edgewater Glen’s favorite DIY blogger on the cast of the Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” for a week. By watching Mark’s video here you can help send Mark to Hollywood to create his DIY projects on the show.

If you haven’t met Mark yet or seen his projects featured here on EGD, he runs a small design business in the neighborhood that specializes in installations for holidays, special events and nightlife.

You can check out his professional work on his Facebook page or his blog Slumbering Alligator Concepts where you’ll find a handful of craft projects, home tips and design inspiration for holidays, parties and more.

Don’t forget to vote on his Hallmark Channel video by liking & commenting on it here.

Good luck Mark!

Do you have a local blog or business to share with the neighbors? Feel free to send it in to and we will list it here on our Neighbor Listings.

From the Neighbors: Andersonville Arts Weekend at Murray & White

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Very cool. Our Edgewater Glen neighbors JT & Travis (owners of Murray & White) wanted to invite the neighborhood out to their store for Andersonville Arts & Design Weekend.

For the second year they will be partnering with Misericordia and their Creative Arts Program (October 9 – 11th). Artwork created by the residents of Misericordia will be on display at their store and available for sale. All proceeds from the artwork sales as well as Misericordia Creative Arts merchandise go directly to the great work Misericordia does for their residents and the community. Last year they were able to raise over $1,600 for the program and are hoping to grow that to $3,000 this year.

If you are interested in checking it out, stop by and say hi to your neighbors. Thanks for sending this in guys!

FRIDAY, October 9th
6:00PM – 10:00PM
Please join us for a Champagne Reception & Artists meet-and-greet. Several resident artists will be in attendance, meeting and talking with buyers of their artwork and offering insight into their creative process, discussing programming and enjoying a night in celebration and appreciation of their talents.

Artist Demonstrations
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, October 10th & 11th
1:00PM – 3:00PM
Watch residents and instructors from Misericordia’s Creative Arts Program as they create wonderful works of art in the store from 1:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

Art Exhibit and Sale
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, October 10th & 11th
11:00AM – 6:00PM
In addition to the many works of art and merchandise available for sale, we will have a Signature Artwork on display all weekend. Silent bids will be accepted throughout the weekend and the Signature piece will be sold Sunday October 11th at 6:00PM to the highest bidder!

The Creative Arts Program at Misericordia Home is comprised of six art programs, each focusing on a different skill, medium or challenge. Each program is led by an art instructor, support staff, and volunteers who work side by side with our resident artists in a collaborative effort to create these beautiful pieces of art. These programs facilitate empowerment through art by giving residents a voice through visual expression and by sharing their achievements with families, friends, and the community.

Meet the Neighbors: 4th of July Crafting Ideas from Our Neighbor Mark

Very cool. This week on Meet the Neighbors our neighbor Mark over at Slumbering Alligator Concepts shows us how to make two inexpensive and easy to construct Fourth of July projects that will add some additional flair to your holiday celebration.

Making Patriotic Candle Holders


“If you make this next craft, the fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up your Fourth of July celebration. These patriotic tea light candle holders are sure to add some extra FLARE to the night!”  Mark 

Check out how to make these candle holders at Mark’s blog post here: Patriotic Candle Holders

Making Fourth of July Fireworks


“I’m constantly trying to find ways to go the extra mile without breaking the bank. I think these Fourth of July firework picks do just that. These will add a patriotic flair to any celebration. You can make them in just a few easy steps and all you need is red, white and blue crepe paper, Aleene’s tacky glue, toothpicks/skewers and scissors.” – Mark 

Check out Mark’s easy 6-step process for: Making 4th of July Fireworks

Meet the Neighbors: Five Strings of Light


The cool DIY projects from the neighbors keep rolling in folks. Keep ’em coming!

Our neighbor Mark just created his second video tutorial showing FIVE different ways to transform an ordinary light strand into something special for various celebrations. If you are interested in checking out his other project ideas head on over to his Slumbering Alligator Concepts Blog.

This video was created by Mark’s friend Enero at Pillbox 79 Productions

Related Postings

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Meet the Neighbors: Making Bunny Wreaths with Mark

Have a neighborhood blog post idea? Submit it here

Meet the Neighbors: Chicago Is! A Hometown Musical Revue

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Hi Folks – Our neighbor Jason has another show he wanted to let the neighbors know about. It looks like a great musical revue celebrating Chicago if you are interested in checking out some of the great artistic work coming out of Edgewater Glen lately.

Three Cat Productions is thrilled to showcase Chicago based composers with Chicago Is! A Hometown Musical Revue.   More than just Michigan avenue, Garrett’s Popcorn, and the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Is! tells the story of Chicago through the eyes of seven Chicagoans.   Each character explores their memories of the city they love. Pairing these stories with music from over a dozen Chicago composers,   Chicago Is! celebrates what makes our city great.

“There is nothing more exciting than celebrating Chicago with the music of these fantastic composers,” stated Jason Paul Smith, Artistic Director of Three Cat Productions.

From musical theatre to jazz to comedy, the diverse mix of composers represents an array of musical genres. Chicago composers include Big X and Caucasians, Mark Burrows, Steve Clark, Cheryl Coons, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Doyle, Michael Duff, Gary Gimmestad, Cory Goodrich, Matt Griffo, Owen Kalt, Joanna P. Lind, Megon McDonough, Tina Montgomery, Steve and Karen Multer, William David Sherman, and Susan Werner.

Chicago Is! A Hometown Musical Revue is running at the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Road (Edgewater by Granville el stop on Red Line). Chicago Is! stars Debbie Baños, Katherine Bellantone, Jerico Bleu, Charlie Mann, Aaron Mitchell Reese, Lauren Twombly, and Brian Zealand.

The show is conceived and directed by Jason Paul Smith, Three Cat Productions, Artistic Director. Musical direction and various arrangements by Roy Freeman Resident Stage Manager is Jess Koster. Resident Lighting and Set Designer is Pat Henderson.

Previews are April 30 & May 1, 2015. The regular run is May 2 – May 30, 2015. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 4:00pm at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.   Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets are $25 each for all performances. Senior tickets available for $15. Tickets can be purchased on our website at or via phone at 312.970.9840.

Street parking (paybox until 9pm) is available on Granville, side streets, and Broadway (Handicapped and a limited parking is available. Please call the box office for special parking arrangements).

Around the Hood: Cupcake Decorating Classes & Story Time at Maddiebird!

This is really cool.

Our friend Michele started offering cupcake decorating classes & story time for the little ones in the neighborhood at her shop — Maddiebird Bakery. We had a chance to catch up with her this afternoon to chat a bit more about it. If you have kids and think it might be fun for them, checkout her class descriptions below! 🙂

Cupcake Classes:

Exciting news, friends!!

This February, we will be offering cupcake decorating classes for kids here at Maddiebird!! Kids will learn the basics of frosting and decorating cupcakes, including filling and using a piping bag and creating toppers with fondant. Everyone takes a box of their creations and a Maddiebird logo tee home! $45/child. Recommended ages 8-12. Six per class, first come, first served. To reserve a space for your little cupcaker, send us an email at — and please put CLASS in the subject line, ok? Ok! Thank you! :)MM

Story Time:

Every Wednesday at 11am is Story Time at Maddiebird! Bring your little ones for stories, complimentary treats, and face to face communication with other adults! There’s something for everyone! Can’t wait to see you there! ;)MM

Maddiebird Bakery Website

Maddiebird Bakery Facebook Page

Email Michele at:

Edgewater Glen Real Estate Trends

This is cool. If you are interested in learning more about current real estate trends in Edgewater Glen (or more specifically the 60660 zip code), checkout this data our neighbor John Wyman pulled together for everyone.

Thanks for putting together this thoughtful analysis John!

Website: Wyman Real Estate Group

Single Family Home Prices (Zip 60660)

Single Family Median Price (PDF Download)

Single-Family-Median-Price_Page_1 Single-Family-Median-Price_Page_2Single Family home sale prices in 60660 have risen dramatically over the last two years. With an average of 4.375 sales/month over that span, and a high of 9 sales during the busiest months, the single family home market has seen prices rise by better than 20% over the past two years. More telling are the prices of Under Contract properties over that time. Notice how the Blue bars are even or higher than the green bars most months. This shows a clear trend of rising prices as new listings go under contract. In fact, the UC figures are a probably a better indication of price appreciation over the past two years, and their tracking closely to the For Sale (Red bars) properties is no coincidence

2br+ Condo Prices (Zip 60660)

Condo (2br+) Median Price (PDF Download)

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Condos have seen a dramatic increase in price, and a large increase in the number of sales too. Condos with at least 2 bedrooms went under contract at an average of 123.13 per month over the last 24 months, with a high of 328 sales in a single month. Price gains have been smaller and slower for condos, because there are many more and competition is always more fierce. Also, Sheridan Road skews the condo price picture quite a bit, due to higher average assessments holding down higher price increases. That said, the trend for prices is a lot clearer for condos because the sample size is so much larger.

2-4 Flat Prices (Zip 60660)

2-4 Flats Median Price (PDF Download)

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The 2-4 flat market is again harder to nail down due to its limited sample size, and factors like rental income that skew the value of a property up and down. The average number of sales is 2.375 per month. In this market, the For Sale (Red) and Sold (Green) data are better indicators of a trend with prices than the Under Contract properties. True appreciation is probably closer to the 28.5% increase in asking prices, than the 37% appreciation for sold prices. The variation is more dramatic because of the small sample size. Colloquially, 2-flats are seeing prices up to and above $600k, and 3-4 flats are seeing prices from $650-$750k in the current market.

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Get listed!

The initial idea for this (neighbor run) site was to have an online space where folks could get to know each other across all our different block party areas. We thought it might be fun to include a new section listing neighborhood blogs. If you live in Edgewater Glen and have a personal blog that you would be up for sharing with the neighbors, send it in and we will link to it in our new “Neighborhood Blogs” section of the website (assuming we get some interest).

We’re also hoping to beef up our local business‘ section. If you live in Edgewater Glen and own your own business, or if you run a business in Edgewater Glen, feel free to submit your information and we will list it so our neighbors can use your services.

Neighborhood Blog or Business Listings