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SPOTLIGHT ON: The La Grange Public Library

by Dean Rouso Home Team

This week, we're taking a look at the La Grange Public Library.  This is a top-notch community resource that's not only full of books--it also has hundreds of programs and activities, multimedia rentals, and even a digital media lab.  Check out some of their offerings!

The library has many programs for all ages.  For the youngest library patrons, there's toddler story time, preschool story time, craft days, art studio and all kinds of creative play classes.  Teens and young adults can join the Teen Advisory Board, which helps make the library a fun place for teens.  They plan activities,  suggest materials and events, and get to help in curating a library that they'd like to visit.  Some of their recent activities included a teen movie night with a showing of Elf, a teen writer's workshop, a final exams study workshop, and even an anime night.  The librarians can also assist you in researching and finding new books to read.  For adults, the programs are endless.  There are a variety of book clubs, author visits, writer's workshops, computer classes, social and educational programs, and even adult craft classes.  Check out some of the library's amazing events here

You can now check out more than just books at the La Grange Public Library.  They have CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays, and you can even check out media equipment like a Roku, a GoPro Camera, a DVD-to-VHS converter, tripods, still cameras, and more.  The digital media lab, called Studio 10 West, is a new feature for the library that has creative software, design software, and more,  along with help in using them.  

One of the best features of the library is its connection to the community.  Not only is it right in downtown La Grange, making it easy to peruse the wonderful shops and restaurants, the library can also connect you to the larger Chicago community as a distributor of the Museum Adventure Pass.  This allows you and your family to continue learning in many of the museums in Chicago and the suburbs.  To get more information about the library, visit, or better yet, pay them a visit at 10 W. Cossitt Ave!

Where Can I Get More Information?

by Dean Rouso Home Team

If you want to find out more information about the communities that the Dean Rouso Home Team works in, check out these resources.  If possible, visit the communities you're looking to buy in.  Drive around and get a feel for the neighborhood, the people, the houses, and how the community works.  You can also check out some of our customer testimonials or send us a message to learn more about our team, the communities we cover, how we work, or how we can help you.  You can also check out these local newspapers to learn more about these communities. The Doings, The Patch, and The Suburban Life all have tons of information on our communities, and they can help you learn everything you need to know about Chicago's western suburbs.  Happy hunting!

Happy Holidays!

by Dean Rouso Home Team

The snow has just arrived, which can only mean one thing--it's almost Christmas!  No matter what you celebrate or who you celebrate with, the businesses of Chicago's western suburbs make it fun and easy to get in the holiday spirit.  First up, on Saturday, November 28, take a break after Black Friday shopping with...more shopping!  The La Grange Business Association is hosting its Small Business Saturday with deals and treats in stores to kick-start your holiday shopping.  

On Friday, December 4th, and Saturday, December 5, the Western Springs Business Association opens up its Festival of Trees.  This annual event includes deals at local businesses, free sweets and treats, carriage rides, and visits with Santa himself!  Local business, schools, and groups have decorated small trees on the tower green, perfect for looking at while sipping a hot cocoa.  The night will really light up at 5pm on Saturday, when the big tree is lit and the caroling begins. 

In La Grange, the annual Holiday Walk starts on Saturday, December 5 with the tree lighting in front of Village Hall, led by Santa in a firetruck!  There are activities and entertainment all day for the whole family, including a screening of "Elf," performances by LT's Madrigals, and personal visits with Santa, along with more open houses at everyone's favorite La Grange shops and restaurants.  Click here to learn more about La Grange's holiday celebrations, including how you can win La Grange Business Association gift certificates just for shopping!  And most importantly, Happy Holidays from everyone at Dean Rouso Home Team!

SPOTLIGHT ON: The La Grange Park District

by Dean Rouso


The La Grange Park District is a great resource for families in La Grange because of its endless programming and modern facilities.  Residents and families from Brookfield, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Western Springs, McCook, and now Countryside can also participate in La Grange Park District's programs at a discount, and seniors receive 10% off all adult classes.  There are programs for every interest, age, and skill level, and the park district is a great way to meet people and get to know the area.  The park district has a ton of programs for families and kids to enrich themselves and learn something new.  Young kids can get some playtime in the Morning Munchkins program, they can practice their cooking skills in Wee Chefs, and they can practice being engineers in Little Builders.  There are also early childhood sports programs in soccer, t-ball, lacrosse, and more.  There are classes for grade school aged children in sports as well, and in activities like sewing, gymnastics, Star Wars moviemaking, and more.   Adults aren't left out of the fun, either--along with classes in things like ballroom dance, speaking Spanish, and vegetarian cooking, there are also trips to apple orchards, local farms, and different restaurants as part of the Supper Club.  There are also a ton of adult fitness classes that utilize the state of the art facilities that the La Grange Park District has to offer.  Seniors have many opportunities for fun as well--there are holiday parties, weekly bingo breakfasts, and classes about things like retirement planning, Medicare, and more.  The La Grange Park District has something for everyone, so check out all of their classes and programs by clicking here.  

Halloween in the Western Suburbs

by Dean Rouso Home Team

Halloween is almost here!  Western Springs and La Grange have a ton of celebrations for local families to get into the spooktacular spirit of the holiday.  Get your consumes ready for the Western Springs Halloween Hoopla on October 29.  This event, at the Western Springs Rec Center, features games, fun, and of course, candy, for the whole family. The event is free and begins at 5pm.  In La Grange, The Halloween Walk begins at 10:00 on October 24.  This event begins at Cossitt Elementary with a costume parade and treats from local businesses.  Then, come to downtown La Grange for special deals from restaurants and businesses, a costume contest, a mask-decorating station, and, for Mom and Dad, wine and beer tasting.

As for the big day,  Trick or Treating begins at 3pm in Western Springs and goes until 8pm.  In La Grange, Trick or Treating starts at 3pm and goes until 7pm.  For information on Halloween safety and other rules, click here and have a spooky holiday!




Upcoming Events at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

by Dean Rouso Home Team

One of the best things about back to school season is all the new reading--and these days, that's not just for kids anymore.  The Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs has a bunch of fun events for adults and kids in the next few weeks to get everyone back into the spirit of learning.  For families, registration for Storytime began on September 3.  These are exciting reading sessions with classic books, new friends, and a whole lot of fun. Friday, September 10 is the highly-anticipated Ralph's World concert in the community room.  Ralph's World, led by the former frontman of the Bad Examples, Ralph Covert, is a collection of fun, kooky, family-friendly songs sure to have everyone dancing in the aisles.  There are some upcoming events for teens, too, with the upcoming Game Night on September 15 (friends can challenge each other to a new game or an old favorite!) and a DIY locker decorating session on September 16.  Your teen or tween can come make some cool decorations for their locker this year that are stylish and functional.  For adults, there are no shortage of upcoming lectures, book and film discussions, and group meetings in the next few weeks to help you get your mind rolling.  A couple of highlights include a discussion of the 2014 Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, a seasonal cooking class with Mario Olivi of The Olive Tap in Downers Grove, and the regular meetings of the Western Springs Writers' Society to keep you writing and thinking. For more information, visit the library's website or check out their calendar of events.  As always, please contact the Dean Rouso Home Team if you need any more information about the community.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Dean Rouso

We're often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give the team a call if we can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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