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10 Apr
Naperville SD Boundary Changes for 2012-13
Posted On : 04 10th, 2012   By : Alice  |  Naperville

A few weeks ago, the Board of Education approved boundary changes for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. They have named the changes “Phase I” and the main purpose is to alleviate student overcrowding at Mill Street and Beebe Elementary schools.

If you are like me, and have been following the turmoil and discussions regarding the proposed changes, you know that this has been a very emotional and stressful time, especially for many parents.

They announced that the remaining changes will be revealed in Phase II, so that the committee can have more time to make a decision on the remaining changes.

428 Elementary school students and 76 junior high school students will be affected during Phase I.

Here is the link of the map outlining the proposed changes:

13 Aug
Home Tour: 24 West 420 Eugenia Drive, Naperville, IL
Posted On : 08 13th, 2010   By : Alice  |  Naperville, Virtual Home Tour
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18 Aug
The Naperville Fall Social Scene
Posted On : 08 18th, 2009   By : Alice  |  Events, Naperville

With school about to start and everyone getting back to their regular schedule, I thought that it would be a good time to highlight some local social events in the Naperville area.  Some of these events are hosted outdoors and it will be the last time to attend these activities before the weather starts getting colder.

For a complete list of all local Naperville events, visit:

August 22nd
12-2 PM

Recessionista Design Event
This event will be held at Design Pointe on Route 59 and Brookdale Road in Naperville.  The host of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” Frank Fontana will be there to share recession-proof ideas to decorate your home.  There will also be samples of food and wine tasting!

1:30-3:00 PM
Naperville Community Gardeners 29th Annual Flower & Garden Show
This Annual Flower and Garden Show will showcase vegetables, flowers, fruits, etc.  There is also a special section for younger gardeners.  Ribbons will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category.

All entries will be taken between 7-10 a.m. and the public will be able to view all entries from 1:30-3:00 p.m.  There is no entry fee for entering the show or to view the entries.

September 4th- 7th
The Last Fling
This event is sponsored every year by the Naperville Jaycees and is a great way to say goodbye to summer.  It features lots of great food, fun rides, and games for all ages.

September 11th
5-6 PM
The Naperville Exchange Club will be sponsoring the annual remembrance on the 8th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.  U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk will be featured speak for this event.  It will be hosted at the Commander Shanower Memorial behind the Naperville Municipal Center.

September 12th & 13th
9 AM-5 PM
Soap Box Derby Race
Gear up for a fun day at the races!  Both boys and girls ages 8-17 will be competing in gravity built cars.  Registration starts at 7 a.m. that day.  There is no charge for spectators.
Racing will take place at the corner of Diehl and Frontenac Road in Naperville.

September 18-20 & 25-27th
11 AM-5 PM
Downtown Naperville Custom Home Tour
Hosted by the Live Downtown Naperville Partnership, this will be the second annual custom home tour.  This year’s tour will feature 18 custom homes by the area’s local builders.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $20 at the door and will allow visitors to view all homes on both weekends.

October 2nd-3rd
3-10 PM

Oktoberfest will be hosted at Naper Settlement this year.  Enjoy authentic German cuisine and live music.  Admission to the event is $10, food and drinks are an extra charge.

October 18th
11:30 AM–5 PM

Soups On!
This fundraiser event will be held at the Tellabs Atrium (1415 W. Diehl Road in Naperville) and will offer a full menu featured by 20+ of the area’s top restaurants.  A children’s menu will also be provided and entertainment by musical ensembles from both Naperville 203 and 204 schools.  There will also be a silent auction and a designated children’s play area, sponsored by the Dupage Children’s Museum.  Tickets will be $40 for adults ($35 early bird price if ticket is purchased by September 30th), $30 for seniors, military, and college students, $10 for children ages 6-18, and children under the age of 5 are free.

October 24th & 31st
7 AM-12 PM

Farmer’s Market
These last two Saturdays in October will be the last opportunities to take advantage of the local farmer’s market until next June.  The Farmer’s Market is open at the Fifth Avenue Station parking lot.

15 Aug
The Start of the Flu & Cold Season
Posted On : 08 15th, 2009   By : Alice  |  Naperville

As the fall season starts and with the winter season just around the corner, I know that most of us do not like thinking about the inevitable- getting sick with a cold or flu.

This year is particularly worrisome for parents, especially due to the potential spread of the Swine Flu.  Additionally, since the Swine Flu vaccine won’t be available until October and with kids already being back in school for a couple of months by that time, additional stress and worry are created for parents.

Both Naperville school districts (203 & 204) have posted information regarding the common cold, flu, and variations of the flu (swine, bird, etc) on their websites.  The DuPage County Health Department and the DuPage County Government have published a Community Outreach Kit that provides tips on prevention and a guide to overcoming the Swine Flu.  Once the vaccine is released in October, it should be available in many doctor’s offices, hospitals, and local pharmacies.

Regular flu shots will be administered by staff from Edward’s Hospital in Naperville at the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors Downers Grove Office on Thursday, October 1st from 2-4 p.m., for a cost of $18.  The address is 6655 Main Street in Downers Grove.

Overall, the best course of action is to wash your hands often and to stay at home once any flu-like symptoms arise.

Let’s all hope for a healthy fall and winter season!

9 Jul
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage- Naperville Office Merge!
Posted On : 07 9th, 2009   By : Alice  |  Coldwell Banker, Events, Naperville

I am excited to announce that our office (Naperville 75th Street) and the other Naperville Coldwell Banker office (Washington Street-downtown) is set to merge and combine into one mega office, officially on July 14th.

Construction has been underway for the past few weeks and it looks like everything will be completed on time.

With the completion of the merge, we will officially be the largest residential real estate office in Naperville and DuPage County, with over 180 agents!

Additionally, I have also found out that Mayor Pradel will be at our ribbon cutting ceremony on July 21st, during our first official meeting as a new office.  I am really looking forward to the upcoming events over the next 1-2 weeks!

21 Jun
Welcome to My Blog
Posted On : 06 21st, 2009   By : Alice  |  Coldwell Banker, Naperville

Welcome to My Blog, Naperville Homes and Happenings, where you can follow the local real estate market and events in the Naperville area.

My name is Alice Chin, and I am an experienced residential real estate agent who has lived in the Naperville area since 1991. Since I was raised in Naperville and attended Naperville SD #203 schools, I have seen all of changes and improvements that the city has gone through over the last two decades. This city has always felt like home to me and I am proud to be a “Naperville-an.”

Growing up in Naperville and now working & living as a young adult here, I feel that I am able to give a fresh perspective not only on the local real estate market, but also on the interesting “happenings” in the area.

I am excited and truly looking forward to seeing this blog grow into an informative, interactive, and fun resource for readers. Please join me in my excitement- feel free to comment on blog entries, visit the site for up-to-date real estate news, or simply to obtain details on upcoming social events.