Category: About the Area

Southwest Suburbs: Birthplace of Chicago Video

Host and writer Geoffrey Baer travels by train, tugboat and 1958 Edsel as he takes viewers on a journey through the Southwest Suburbs.

It’s a part of Chicago that’s full of surprises. It’s home to a 28-square-mile forest with a rock canyon. It’s home to major league soccer and minor league baseball. It’s also home to a bustling industrial canal where mariners navigate a Panama Canal-sized lock past a hundred-year-old hydroelectric dam. This modern waterway follows the path of a 19th century canal that first connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. That earlier canal transformed Chicago from an isolated trading post on the edge of the American frontier into the fastest-growing city in the history of the world.

 

Will County a Bright Spot Amid Dismal Census Figures

Susan DeMar Lafferty Reporter  Daily Southtown

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New townhomes are under construction near 187th and Wolf Road in Mokena, part of the Old Mill Pond development, which also includes Fox’s Restaurant and retail shops. (Susan DeMar Lafferty / Daily Southtown)

It was a new job that brought the Renaud family from Pennsylvania to Will County last year.

Kelly Renaud said they looked all around the area before settling in Frankfort. They wanted to be near her husband’s Tinley Park office and they liked the small town atmosphere.

“We almost moved to California. I’m glad we came here. I really like it here,” Renaud said.

Jobs are one of the main reasons folks are moving to Will County, according to local officials.

Good schools, affordable homes, relatively low taxes, great municipalities, safety and quality of life also are reasons they cited for Will County’s population increase of 1,642 in the one year period from July 2014 to July 2015.

Homer Glen Approves Extension for Planned Upscale Shopping Venue

Homer Glen OKs extension for planned upscale shopping venue
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A rendering of Waterfall Place, a planned 75,000-square-foot entertainment complex to be built at 12500 W. 159th St. in Homer Glen. (Legacy Development Group, HANDOUT)
By Michelle Mullins
Daily Southtown

An upscale dining and shopping venue is expected to be built in Homer Glen as the Illinois Department of Transportation finishes its 159th Street widening project in a couple of years, officials said.

The Homer Glen Village Board on Wednesday extended for another year its approval of the final development plan for Waterfall Place, a proposed 75,000-square-foot entertainment complex with shopping, boutiques, office space, fine dining, a spa and a gaming arcade to be built at 12500 W. 159th St.

Plans were approved in 2010 but the project stalled both because of the economy and the widening of 159th Street being in limbo.

Legacy Development Group for each of the past three years has requested and received from the Homer Glen Village Board a one-year extension to keep the project alive.

Developer Boris Predovich said Wednesday he hopes to time the construction of Waterfall Place with the end of IDOT’s widening of 159th Street from two lanes to four lanes, a project expected to take about two years after construction begins.

“We have a very active interest in moving forward,” Predovich said. “We have to be respectful to IDOT.”

Years in the making, the widening project is moving forward. Contracts were awarded last year for preliminary work such as tree removal and erosion and sediment control.

Waterfall Place is geared for families and is expected to draw regional interest, Predovich said.

Trustees also agreed to a request by A Touch of Green to move its monument sign but keep its electronic messaging board.

A Touch of Green, 12720 W. 159th St., is being forced to move its sign because of the widening of 159th Street. The company wanted to update its sign but still retain its electronic message board, but electronic signs are prohibited under the village’s sign ordinance.

Since the company had its sign before the village incorporated, the electronic message board was grandfathered in, but some trustees said that the business should comply with the sign ordinance since it is now changing its sign.

Other trustees said they were sympathetic to the business’s plight, noting that IDOT’s construction is forcing the sign relocation.

The board voted 4-3 to allow A Touch of Green to retain the electronic message board. Trustees Margaret Sabo, George Yukich and Sharon Sweas voted against it.

Michelle Mullins is a freelance reporter.

America’s Greenest Cities

America’s Greenest Cities (yes, Chicago made the list)

(via and originally posted on the Coldwell Banker blog)

Mother Nature Network (MNN) recently ranked the top 10 greenest cities in America based on several key measurements. This green ranking got me curious about current homes for sale, so I went window shopping on coldwellbanker.com to find some amazing green homes.

Austin, Texas ranked No. 10 on MNN’s greenest cities list.

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9550 Savannah Ridge Dr #10, Austin, TX. Listed by Dorie & Gene Dillard. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

This craftsman style home is certified under the Environments for Living Program for optimum energy and meets Energy Star certification.

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206 Timberline Rd, Georgetown, TX. Listed by Lisa Hassel. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

This new construction home has a hot water recirculating system, not to mention a huge kitchen.

Chicago, Ill. ranked No. 9 on the greenest cities in America list.

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206 Timberline Rd, Georgetown, TX. Listed by Lisa Hassel. Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

This Old Town neighborhood eco-friendly home even has a green roof over the garage.

10 States That Lead Green Building

10 States That Lead Green Building

Illinois is the greenest state in the country, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most recognized green building rating system. This was not new to us…we know of Illinois’ green efforts. For the second year in a row, Illinois has the most square feet of LEED space per state resident. The list also shows significant committment by states to embrace building projects that use less energy and water, save money for the community, and emphasize sustainable building design and construction.

“Every story about a green building is a story about people,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “USGBC’s annual recognition of the Top 10 States for LEED goes beyond gross square feet or number of projects and factors in LEED’s potential in a given state to be part of the daily life of the state’s residents. This per-capita approach tells a great story about how LEED has become an important benchmark in the transformation of the nation’s built environment. LEED certified buildings and the innovations they have driven contribute substantially to our national economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in the communities where they are found.”

Illinois leads with a whopping 174 building certifications that average out to 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. The addition of Georgia and Arizona to the top 10 list represents the growing support for sustainable and green building in the South and Southwest.

The Top 10 LEED Certified States of 2014:

  1. Illinois
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  10. (tied) Arizona and New York

Source: “USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in Nation,” U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (Feb. 4, 2015)…via Realtor Mag. Click here for the entire post.

Orland Park – Holiday Light Recycling

Temperatures are supposed to increase this weekend, making it a good time to put up those holiday lights. When you’re testing out last year’s lights or lights you may already have and they don’t work – please recycle them.

Recycle your lights, from November 4 to February 16, at various locations throughout Orland Park, including the Franklin Loebe Center, Sportsplex and more. See below for details.

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Orland Park Named Chicago Magazine’s Best Place to Live

Chicago Magazine Top Cook County Suburbs

Chicago Magazine has named 12 suburbs and 12 city neighborhoods as its best places to live based on great homes, low crime and more. The magazine named Orland Park again, citing it as…

“The big kahuna of the southwestern suburbs,” known by many Chicagoans primarily for the huge Orland Square Mall, the shops of Orland Park Crossing, and its scores of retail plazas…Home buyers with a hunger for recreation will find well-kept fields, forests, and ponds.

In addition, the village has three Metra stations, various restaurants and local businesses, many golf courses and fitness options and a variety of housing options – from spacious homes to an abundance of townhomes, condos and the newly-developed apartment complex Ninety7Fifty. Orland Park is conveniently located with access to Interstate 55, 355 and 80.

Are you looking to buy or sell in Orland Park, Palos Park, Homer Glen or the surrounding communities? With over 35 years of experience in the local market, and a consistent top Agent in her office and the area, Judy Glockler offers unparalleled experience and unmatched marketing. You can contact her at: 708-364-6216.

Homer Glen – Ranked Safest Illinois Suburb

Real estate blog ranks safest suburbs

Where’s the safest place to live in Illinois?

The Village of Homer Glen is the safest place to live in Illinois, according to a list released this month by a real estate website, Movoto.

“If you’re looking for safety in all areas, it has to be Homer Glen. … In fact, if you live here, you only had a one in 127 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2012,” according to the list published by Movoto Real Estate.

A number of other Chicagoland suburbs were on the list’s top 10 safest places. Buffalo Grove came in second, followed by Geneva, Bartlett, Roselle, Lisle, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, New Lenox and Libertyville.

The list looked at data pulled from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2012 crime statistics of the most populated places in the state. A list of the top 50 shows each town’s population and rank, along with the number of murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes per 100,000 residents.

— Quan Truong, Tribune reporter

This was posted on the Tribune, originally from Movoto, it is not written by us.