Clarendon Hills Community

I have many friends who have told me that they almost passed over Clarendon Hills but were very happy they didn’t. They tell me that one of the check marks on their list was a bustling downtown business district along the train line.  Clarendon Hills is somewhat smaller than many of the neighboring towns but people find out quickly that it has the important ingredients they were looking for after all:  Top schools, ice cream shop, hardware store, bakery, coffee shop (actually, 2 – Starbucks and Quinns), restaurants (three), barber, salon, doctor’s office, banks, gift shop, Hallmark store, pottery making store, and of course, the normal municipal places like town hall, library, police and fire stations.  What they also find is that Clarendon Hills is a safe place to live and that it’s comfortable to just let your children be children.  Kids walk into the downtown and the shop owners know them and their parents.  Isn’t this what a community is all about anyway?

It is believed the man who put his imprint on Clarendon Hills streetscape is none other than Fredrick Law Olmsted.  Olmsted is famous for designing Central Park in New York City and many towns like Riverside Illinois. The streets zigzag and curve.  As a result of the winding streets and few curbs, drivers can get lost in Clarendon Hills.  However, the unique design has led to the one-of-a-kind ambience that Clarendon Hills offers. On Christmas Eve, the entire town is fully lit with luminaria’s lining the streets and it’s truly a sight to see with the beautiful topography and curved streets.

Clarendon Hills is one of the smallest real estate markets for Western Suburban homes.  Clarendon Hills’ 9,000 inhabitants reside in Dupage County west of Route 83, east of Cass Avenue and south of Ogden Avenue.

There are only two elementary schools that serve Clarendon Hills homes within Hinsdale Elementary School District 181 area, and two of the four key neighborhoods are named after them.  The Prospect Grade School area is situated north of the railroad tracks and south of Ogden Avenue.  Prospect Grade School and Clarendon Hills Middle School were recently build after tearing down the old schools. The core portion of the Prospect Grade School is located south of Chicago Avenue while Clarendon Hills Middle School is immediately west and also south of Chicago Avenue.  This is highly coveted real estate due to its convenient proximity to downtown Clarendon Hills. The area North of Chicago Avenue hosts the Hinsdale Golf Club and many homes with spacious lot sizes.

The Walker Grade School area is located north of 55th Street and south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks on Walker Avenue. The vicinity boasts the majority of Clarendon Hills real estate.  The area around Hosek Park has seen some of the highest values of homes and real estate.  This area also has the most distinctive street mapping with long meandering roads crossing one another with several parks in walking distance to the homes.

District 181 Elementary Schools and the District 86 Hinsdale Central High School cater to most Clarendon Hills children.

“Blackhawk Heights” is a unique area located in the northwest of Clarendon Hills, and south of Chicago Avenue.  These Clarendon Hills homes are traditional Georgian, Cape Cods, and Ranch style homes.  Many have been updated with modern amenities.  The Westmont Elementary School and Westmont High School services this area.

Clarendon Hills south of 55th Street is a lovely unincorporated area featuring many newer and existing homes, many on large lots.  Most of the area is serviced by the  Maercker School District 60

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UNIQUELY THURSDAYS 2010 Concerts in Burlington Park from 6-9PM!

Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce rolls out the red carpet every Thursday June 17th -August 19, 2010 – and also Bingo!

Here is the Line up for 2010

June 17        Papparockzzi

June 24        Guitarra Azul

July  1          Local Favorite

July  8          Green 13

July  15        7-Deez

July  22        Boogie Shoes

July  29        Underwater People

August 5      South of Disorder

August 12    This End UP

August 19    7th Heaven

Restaurants bring the food:


Giuliano’s Pizza – Sliced Pizza

Grant Square Restaurant – Brats, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant – Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chips & salsa

Toni – desserts, lemonade & iced tea

TropicalSno – Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery-Gluten free cookies, brownies

Tanya Hart’s Taste of Vino-Hamburgers

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Clarendon Hills Dancing in the Streets cancelled!

Clarendon Hills Dancing in the Streets cancelled due to impending storms! Take cover!

Souled Out Funk will return on Wednesday, August 4th.  See

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Great new steak restaurant in Oak Brook

One cannot think of Chicago steaks without considering Gibsons.  This restaurant is one of the newest additions to Oak Brook and is located just across from Oak Brook Mall, but there are also locations in downtown Chicago and Rosement as well.  Hallmarks of the menu include chops, fresh fish, lobster, and of course sumptuous steaks.  Excellent service and a festive atmosphere supplement this Oak Brook restaurant.  There is also a full service bar which remains open until two everynight.

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am-12:00am

Sunday: 11:00am-11:00pm

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Great Italian Restaurant in Burr Ridge

Capri is a prime Italian restaurant located in Burr Ridge Village Center. Family owned and operated, the Burr Ridge restaurant reflects the comfortable atmosphere of a time past with its soothing Sinatra music and delicious Italian dishes. Live entertainment is also present on weekends and special events. A full bar stocked with wine complements the sumptuous dishes.

Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sat 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.<BR><STRONG><BR><BR>06/02/2010</STRONG><BR><BR>

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Coopers Hawk

Coopers Hawk is one of the prime restaurants in Burr Ridge.  There are five distinct parts to this location: the winery, casual restaurant, tasting room, bar and gift shop.  The winery is nationally acclaimed and produces many of the wines in the gift shop, tasting room and bar.  The casual restaurant boasts contemporary cuisine in a relaxing and laid back atmosphere. The tasting room reflects a Napa Valley environment and puts forth a unique wine club membership with one of a kind bottles.  Many of my clients who own real estate and homes in Burr Ridge go to Coopers Hawk for excellent food.

Mike McCurry

Restaurant Hours:

Monday-Thursday 11:30am-9:30pm

Friday-Saturday  11:30am-10:00pm

Sunday 11:30am-9:00pm

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Burr Ridge Route 66 Eats!

A visit to Burr Ridge would not be complete without visiting Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket.  Located on famous Route 66, the establishment has been serving hungry travelers and Burr Ridge homes since 1938, and the current Dell Rhea family acquired the eatery in 1968.  The 1950s and 60s feel is consistent with the atmosphere and the Burr Ridge restaurant was recently featured on the Food Network Program Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives by Guy Fieri.  The Blue Rooster Lounge boasts daily specials and is an ideal place to sit with friends.

Hours:   Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm

Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm

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