Susan J. Maman

Susan J. Maman

CNE, CBR, CRS, GRI - Broker             

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Hometown Coffee & Juice's New Igloos in Glencoe Are a Hit!

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:31 pm

You may have already seen Glencoe's latest addition- igloos! Hometown Coffee and Juice, located at the corner of Vernon and Park Avenues, has installed two life-sized heated igloos that can accommodate up to 8 persons each and are available to reserve on a first-come-first-serve basis for small parties or gatherings.

Hometown owners Julie and Lou Rubin affirmed, "We slowly introduced the igloos to get a feel for how people would respond. People love it and are really excited about them." Julie explains, "I approached the Village and asked if this is something that can be allowed, and they worked with me to make sure it met all the requirements," reflecting the igloos have been a "tremendous hit" and "people are beyond excited for the igloo experience."

The igloos should be reservable through February and are a great option for a double date adventure, birthday party or family fun night. Guests can order winter-worthy savory treats like fondue, charcuterie, crudités, guacamole and chips, as well as specialty cocktails. The Rubins concluded. "I think that people like to experience these things and to be outside is unique and different. Usually, people have to go to a city for these types of things, but this is available in the community...Who doesn't want to celebrate their birthday in Glencoe with friends and drinks in an igloo?" Your reservation will get you Bluetooth speakers, blankets, a heater, and a dedicated server. For more information, see 

By Susan Maman, Glencoe and North Shore Real Estate 

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Skate Your Winter Blues Away at Glencoe's Watts Center

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:30 pm

With cold weather still looming, Glencoe's Watts Center has the perfect solution to your winter blues. Located just 30 minutes north of Chicago, Glencoe's Watts Center, at 305 Randolph Street, boasts two ice rinks a sledding hill, pro shop, snack stand and rec room that can be rented out for special events. Take advantage of wintertime fun at the Watts Center from November through March!

The Watts Center sits on 3 acres of green space known as Watts Park, a favorite of Glencoe residents for its three tennis courts, a disc golf course, and several soccer fields. The center's outdoor ice skating rink provides figure skating lessons, regular skate sessions and regulation hockey play in the wintertime. You can enjoy a warm drink from the center's concession stand and lace up your skates in the rec room.

Situated next to the Watts Center's ice rinks, the sledding hill provides kids and adults alike with loads of downhill fun when its snowy outside. On Monday, January 13th, beginning at noon, why not give ice skating at the Watts Center a try? Skate rental is only $4 per adult or child and admission is $8 dollars per adult and only $6 dollars for ages 3 through 17 years. For more information, please see 

By Susan Maman, Glencoe and North Shore Real Estate

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Chicago Botanic Garden

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:30 pm
Glencoe's Chicago Botanic Garden has some fun activities planned for Spring Break! They will be hosting a slew of activities from March 23rd to March 27th to help little ones have fun and learn at the same time. The day will begin at 9:30 am and run to 3 pm. Chicago Botanic Garden's camp supplies kids with loads of learning and educational opportunities as they explore the gardens and learn to connect to the natural environment through farming, sustainable practices, cooking, science projects and more!

Kids will enjoy a free trolley ride around the Chicago Botanic Gardens, arts and craft adventures, a tour, and taste of edible plants, herbs and flowers and an experiment in seed dissection! Take hikes with members of the Chicago Botanic Garden's talented staff and learn about bird species and more! The Chicago Botanic Garden will host various day camps through March 27th for kids aged K through 5. Costs associated with attendance are $63 per child per day for members and $79 per participant per day for non-members. Here is a list of daily activities planned:

March 23, 2020: A Visit to the Woods
March 24, 2020: Greenhouses & Gardens
March 25, 2020: Let's Go Camping
March 26, 2020: Grossology
March 27, 2020: Signs of spring

To learn more or to register please visit

New Eateries Bring Vegan Options to The North Shore

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:29 pm

Looking to indulge in some vegan fare? Many people, in an effort to help the planet, are going green and going vegan. The North Shore is a treasure trove of vegan options these days and two new venues promise to inspire with innovative dishes and a mission to help make the planet better.

The Spirit Elephant in Winnetka, located at 924 Green Bay Road, is completely plant-based and wows its customers with versions of creamy Mac & Cheese made with gluten-free roasted panko, polenta, and pickled Fresno peppers. The Cauliflower Wings and Land Scallops made cleverly with seared zucchini rings, are incredibly popular. Other favorites include Spirit Elephant's Cheese Fondue and Spring Rolls. Both make perfect pairings for the spot's Happy Hour selection of craft cocktails and martinis.

Another new spot, The Great Coast Commons, gets creative and delicious with vegan versions of chorizo sausage tacos. These "meaty" Mexican staples are served in handmade blue corn tortillas and generously garnished with from-scratch guacamole and toasted pumpkin seeds. Customers swear by the authentic taste of the dish! Great Coast Commons is located at 414 Green Bay Road.

If you'd like to learn more about or plan a visit to either business, see the following links: or


Special After Hours Display of Orchids At Botanic Garden in Glencoe

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:28 pm

Glencoe's Chicago Botanic Garden is a special event to celebrate its collection of exotic orchids. Enjoy the other-worldly splendor of the garden's orchid display with fellow flower enthusiasts on Thursday, February 13th from 4 pm to 8 pm for "After-Hours at the Chicago Botanic Garden."

The Garden's more than 10,000 orchid blooms will be showcased in the Regenstein Center galleries where special illumination and slide installations will expose viewers to a visual feast of color, light, shade, and shapes. Enjoy the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchids After-Hours event with a cocktail and some light refreshments. Tickets are $12 for adult members or $14 for adult non-members; $9 for senior members aged 62 years and older or $11 for senior non-members. Children can attend for $9 for members and $11 for non-members. Children under 2 may enter for free.

Last admittance will be at 7:30 pm. This event will also be staged on February 20th and February 27th and Thursdays in March includes the 5th, 12th, and 19th. The Garden Shop will be open late on Thursdays and will feature special discounts during the event. Wondering what is on the event menu? Choose from skewers of pork or tofu and coconut rice; bulgogi steamed buns; poke bowls; pretzel sticks; corn fitters and fried banana plantain egg rolls served with plum yam ice cream and caramel drizzle for dessert. To make a reservation or learn more, visit


Looking For Your Doughnut Fix? Try These Spots in Chicago

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:28 pm

Chicago's doughnut shops bring customers not only a quick morning fix but also showcase microcosms of culture and tradition. Some of the best do this through method and style, producing a pastry worthy of note in an urban landscape littered with choices. If you want to try some of the best Chicago has to offer, read on!

Weber's Bakery, located at 7055 W. Archer Avenue, has been in business since 1930 and is one of Chicago's oldest family-owned bakeries. Channeling Polish, Scandinavian and German roots, the cake doughnut reigns supreme here and patrons flock to the spot for the delicacies crowned in chocolate ganache. The perfect cream cheese streusel-topped danish also ranks high in popularity and the Midwestern recipes of Weber's produce some of the most beloved breads, doughnuts, and pastries in town.

Another iconic spot in Wicker Park approaches America's favorite cake from a West Coast perspective, hailing from Los Angeles and operating outlets all over the city. Stan's wows you with color, whimsy, and variety, offering filled-to-the-brim cases of Biscoff pockets, Captain Crunch Bismarks, dozens of old-fashioneds and sprinkled cake donuts in every imaginable flavor. One visitor commented, "Stan's Donuts is one of the best donut shops in Chicago. The Nutella pocket is heavenly and delicious, and the coffee is something special...A definite stop for all!" Another bonus? Stan's is open late! For more information, please see or