Susan J. Maman

Susan J. Maman

CNE, CBR, CRS, GRI - Broker             

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Glencoe's Hometown Coffee & Juice is a Local Gem

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:23 pm

Glencoe's "Hometown Coffee & Juice", located at 700 Vernon Avenue, describes itself as "a neighborhood spot where friends can meet for conversation and connection." The local vibe of the bright venue is relaxed and welcoming. The eatery has a variety of treats on offer, perfect for a quick bite during a busy day.

Try the popular "Bagel Melts" that can double as breakfast or lunch. The "Salami, Egg, and Cheese" made with Vermont cheddar is popular among patrons. The "Toasts" section of the menu features signature fresh-baked multigrain bread topped with everything from avocados and crushed red pepper flakes to almond butter, apples, cinnamon, and honey. "Rubin's Reuben" arrives stacked with turkey, creamy Munster cheese, maple grilled bacon, Roma tomatoes and a schmear of honey mustard, while the "Veggie" features hummus, spinach, tomato, red onions, and Swiss cheese.

Hometown also offers "Cold-Pressed Juices" and "Smoothies", perfect pick-me-ups. You can choose from the just-squeezed "Tropical Kick", made with pineapple, apple, ginger, and cayenne pepper; or the "Can't Beat That" featuring beet, apple and ginger juices. Smoothies blend fruits with oats, nuts, and yogurts to create meal-in-a-glass standouts like the "Daily Fix" that combines strawberries, bananas, spinach, dates, coconut milk and vanilla whey for a protein-rich, fruity morning or afternoon punch. The spot also offers a barista led coffee experience, for all those caffeine fiends out there. Relaxing organic loose leaf tea is also available.

The spot also has plans to expand its offerings. Specialty drinks have been added to the menu too, so make the most of Happy Hours at Hometown from 4 pm to 7 pm. And after your meal, indulge in one of the spot's famous cookies to end your visit to Hometown on a sweet note. For more information, please visit


Glencoe's Chicago Botanic Garden to Host Kite Festival

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:23 pm

Join the Chicago Botanic Gardens on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th for its annual Kite Festival, a day of creativity and family-centered fun. Your little ones are sure to enjoy the Kite Making Workshops which will run from 10 am through 2 pm. If you want to witness professionals navigating their kite with dexterity, demonstrations will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Enjoy the beautiful green space provided by the Botanic Gardens' meadow, just east of Evening Island, where an afternoon of ice cream and other delicious treats provided by attending food trucks await you. Public fly times will be interspersed throughout both days at the following times: 11:30 am to 12 noon; 1 pm - 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm. The Chicago Fire Kite Team will also be on hand, showcasing their awe-inspiring talents, described by observers as "team sport kite ballet." Witness their amazing dexterity and skills to a resounding musical soundtrack for a kite flying experience sure to make memories. The Chicago Fire Kite Team has performed around the globe in England, France, Japan, and Canada. The first thirty children to register for a kite-making workshop will be allowed to fly in the competition too.

To learn more about the festival and/or the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois, please visit


These Spots In & Around Chicago Have The Perfect Summer Treat!

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:23 pm

Looking to cool down this summer with the perfect scoop of ice cream? Here are 5 places in and around Chicago for you to grab one:

Homer's Ice Cream in Wilmette
Homer's Ice Cream has been churning out creamy deliciousness since it first opened its doors in 1935. Homer's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour at 1237 Green Bay Road in Wilmette is where it all began. Visit the original location for scoops of Apple Cinnamon, Butter Pecan or Irish Cream ice cream. There are many more flavors, yogurts, and sherbets for you to try.

Graeters Ice Cream in Hubbard Woods/Winnetka area
Here you can expect to indulge in spoons of small-batch ice creams of the greatest quality. Patrons say that the spot has a nostalgic vibe and is home to many flavors. A scoop of black cherry chocolate chip anyone?

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams- Chicago
Try one of the frozen treats Jeni's is so famous for at one of their stores in the city. According to its website, Jeni's ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture, a buttercream body and fresh flavors that pop. You can rest assured that you are eating an emulsifier/ stabilizer free treat! Dig into a Brandied Banana Brulee or the classic Green Mint Chip to cool down this summer.

Margie's Fine Candies- Chicago
This spot can be relied upon to satisfy the most ardent sweet lovers. The store first opened in 1921 and when the then owner's son married his sweetheart Margie, the store was renamed. The 4th generation of this candy-making family still serves up ice creams, thick shakes and all varieties of candies.

Dairy Queen - Highland Park
If you want the classic soft-serve, what better place than Dairy Queen! If you want something a little colder and packed with flavor, try one Dairy Queen's Blizzards. The chain is now offering special flavors to celebrate the summer. Try the Sour Patch Kids Blizzard or the Summer Berry Cheesecake Blizzard while they are still available!


Glencoe's Guildhall & Valor Delight With Good Food & Fun Times

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:22 pm

If you are looking for an eatery which will give you a taste of contemporary fare with the best local ingredients, you may want to consider paying a visit to Glencoe's Guildhall. The menu reflects the ideology of an American Bistro with hints of European culinary tradition thrown in for good measure.

The vibe of the restaurant's modern yet rustic dining space is reflected in the menu. You can start your meal with a chilled Watercress Salad enhanced with delicate touches of chives, lemon oil, and Parmesan crisp, or try the Fritto Misto which includes a selection of premium seafood deep-fried in a rich batter accompanied by a lemon aioli. When it comes to entrees, Guildhall has something for everyone. Both pasta and protein are heavily represented in the menu. Try the Farrow Island Salmon which is accompanied by couscous and a curried carrot sauce for a clean, yet flavorful dish. If you are a pasta fan, dig into a rich bowl of tagliatelle enhanced with housemade sausage, veggies, and Calabrian chili butter. For those looking for a more casual meal, Guildhall's fish and chips or its burger may hit the spot.

Glencoe also has its fair share of fine dining establishments. Try out Valor for a New-American take on fine dining. The menu is sophisticated and features classically inspired dishes with a unique twist. The spot also has seasonal menus to make the most of what is available locally, so you can always expect to find something new. Dive into delicious plates of pasta, slow roasted meats, seafood and more.

Depending on the time of day, you can expect to have your pick of salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and protein. Embark on your dining experience with a refreshing beet salad topped with crispy goat cheese balls before you move onto more hearty fare. For an entree, choose the Diver Sea Scallops & Pork Ribs for a surf & turf option or opt for the Half Roasted Chicken which comes with a unique pecan & broccoli pesto. And don't forget to end on a sweet note with the decadent Chocolate Bombe or a nostalgic Vanilla Bread Pudding! To learn more about Valor, visit . Bon Appetit!


Glencoe French Market to Open for The Season On June 8th

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 at 02:21 pm

The Glencoe French Market will open for the season on June 8th, giving locals the opportunity to get the best produce and support local farmers and entrepreneurs. Glencoe's French Market, a tribute to the open air markets of Paris, is filled with delicious produce, fruits, clothing, books, plants and more! Enjoy the ripe perfection of Glencoe's own peaches, apples, and blackberries while you celebrate a collaboration with local farming.

Beginning Saturday, June 8th, the Glencoe French Market will be open every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm in Wyman Green through the end of the season. Savor the scent and flavor of baked goods, fresh cut flowers, jams, jellies, preserves, and Glencoe's hospitality. Visit the artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, gifts, and artwork, and sample a homemade beignet. Also, your little ones will love the color, buzz and special activities planned just for kids. The Glencoe French Market represents an extension of the town's commitment to memorable and inspiring community-driven experiences.

The setting of Wyman Green is noted for its beauty and one vendor recalled, "...The location is absolutely beautiful. With (the) beautiful village hall and the library as the surrounding buildings, you can't beat the view. Bring your furry friend and come hang out with us!!" For more information, please visit


Glencoe Honors Green Bay Trail Organizer With Honorary Street Sign

Thursday, 06 Feb 2020 at 11:38 am

Longtime Glencoe resident, Betsy Leibson, has been campaigning for the beautification of the village and the expanded footprint of Glencoe's Green Bay Trail for the past 33 years, helping to keep the trail at the forefront of improvements in the village. Leibson was recently honored with a street sign along the Green Bay Trail that she worked so passionately on.

Leibson, with the help of the non-profit "Friends of Green Bay Trail", has managed to transform a section of the trail she describes as "totally overgrown and poorly maintained" into a beautifully landscaped path between Harbor Street and Scott Avenue and at another location further south of South Avenue. Leibson's volunteers installed 65 new trees, 146 shrubs and a bridge that connects the trail to a newly developed butterfly hatchery. Leibson reflected, "Together with the village and Park District we have really made dramatic improvements to the village property. It's spectacular."

Village President Larry Levin praised Leibson asserting, "Through her enthusiasm for the trail, dedication and countless hours of labor inspired others in the community to follow in her footsteps resulting in the creation of the not-for-profit, grassroots organization Friends of Green Bay Trail in 2010." Leibson remarked, "Having the community and the village recognizing all the effort we put in...People remind me what was done was really amazing. That is something that I hope the community cherishes for years to come." To learn more, visit

By Susan Maman, Glencoe and North Shore Real Estate

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