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4th of July Events in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

The Fourth of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the Fox Valley that we wanted to share with you! Head on down to one of our great communities for some live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!

AURORA

Fourth of July Parade

When: Monday, July 4th | 10:00 am

Where: Downtown Aurora

Cost: FREE!

Watch patriotic floats and bands perform as the parade makes its way through beautiful downtown Aurora.

 

Aurora’s Fourth of July Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 6:15 – 10:00 pm

Where: RiverEdge Park

Cost: FREE!

Get in the patriotic spirit by listening American classics performed by the Aurora American Legion Band and the Fox Valley Orchestra. Afterward, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display.

 

ST. CHARLES

4th of July Concert and Fireworks

When: Monday, July 4th | 6:00 pm

Where: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Ave.)

Cost: FREE!

Dance the evening away at a free concert by the band Shout Out as they perform a wide variety of favorite tunes. Bring a blanket down to Pottawatomie Park to take in the fireworks after the concert.

 

OSWEGO

Independence Day Fireworks

When: Monday, July 4th | 9:00 pm

Where: Prairie Point Community Park (4120 Plainfield Road)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy the fireworks show from your favorite spot in the park.

 

BATAVIA

4th of July Sky Concert

When: Monday, July 4th

Where: Engstrom Park

Cost: FREE!

Marvel at Batavia’s celebrated Sky Concert, themed this year as “Flag and Country” to celebrate our flag’s 100th anniversary. Before the display, listen to performances by cover band We’re Not and the Batavia Community Band.

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in the Fox River Valley!

The Rullo Team wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

It's the Swedish Days Festival in Geneva IL!

by The Rullo Team

It’s time for one of our favorite FOX VALLEY  festivals all year….the Swedish Days Festival in GENEVA ! The 67th annual festival began yesterday and will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Enjoy days of fun, food, entertainment, and activities for the whole family!

Head on down to Third Street and the surrounding downtown area in Geneva to partake in the festivities. Dine on delicious food from a multitude of vendors. There is something offered for all taste buds, including more traditional Swedish food like meatballs! For those 21 and over, swing by the craft beer tent to try brews from great local breweries.

There are plenty of activities offered throughout the festival to keep everyone entertained! Listen to live music daily. The kids will never be bored with the multitude of activities planned for them, including a daily carnival, the quad power jump, an arts and crafts station, and much more. Participate in the inaugural Swedish Days 5K Lopp on Saturday, June 25th. Race and registration information can be found here. Watch the Swedish Days Parade on Sunday, June 26th, at 1:00 pm as it makes it way downtown Geneva. And, of course, swing by the festival favorite attraction, the Sweden Väst, this weekend to partake in all things traditionally Swedish!

We can’t wait to see you downtown Geneva at the 67th Annual Swedish Days Festival!

Get your Full Schedule of Events right here!

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around the FOX RIVER VALLEY. Here’s a list of the top 10 activities for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

 

1) CAR CULTURE: STALLION’S GATE CAR SHOW. For the car loving dad, check out some hot wheels at Ron Hopkins Ford (1045 East Chicago Street) in ELGIN for their Stallio’s Gate Car Show on Saturday, June 18th. The show will feature all makes and models of cars and bikes. Munch on some hotdogs and enjoy refreshing ice cream as admire mustang restorations and the awesome automobile airbrushing talents of Psychotic Air.

2) FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH. Treat your dad to a delicious brunch on Father’s Day at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (2710 S Country Club Road) in Woodstock. Nibble appetizers, entrees, and desserts and enjoy some mimosas and Bloody Marys as you celebrate your dad. 

3) ST. CHARLES PADDLEWHEEL RIVERBOATS. Take in the beautiful Fox River aboard a Mark Twain era paddlewheel riverboat with your dad. This 50 minute tour will introduce you to the local history of our area. Embark this Sunday, June 19th, on the 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 pm cruises.

4) GOLF AT SETTLER'S HILL. Hit the links with dad at this favorite golf course in BATAVIA. This unique golf course nestled in a forest preserve showcases the natural beauty of our area. Enjoy quality time with dad outdoors as you work on your swing.

5) EAT AT CLADDAGH IRISH PUB. Bring your father to Claddagh Irish Pub located in GENEVA. Dad gets to eat free with the purchase of an entrée. Enjoy traditional Irish dishes between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm.

6) FISH ON THE FOX RIVER. Grab your fishing rods and your father and check out on of the many great fishing spots along the Fox River. Catch channel catfish and smallmouth bass as you and your dad enjoy the great outdoors.

7) SWIM AT SPLASH COUNTRY AND PHILLIPS PARK. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

8) FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH AND DINNER. Take dad out for an upscale meal at Wildwood in Geneva on Father’s Day. Arrive between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm for an a la carte brunch featuring all of dad’s favorites. Or, come after 5:00 pm to enjoy dinner and check out the latest items on their menu.

9) REGATTA ON CRYSTAL LAKE. Bring dad up to Crystal Lake to watch the 32nd Annual Cardboard Cup Regatta on Saturday, June 18th. Watch these amazing handmade cardboard boats race the 200 yard course. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Fathers”.

10) ELGIN RIB FEST. Let dad indulge in some delicious ribs at the family friendly Elgin Rib Fest. Enjoy life music, carnival games, and delicious food all weekend, Friday through Sunday!    

 

A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!

6 Successful Tips for Fox Valley Home Buyers in a Seller's Market!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a new house is an exciting and important time! There is no better place to call home than the FOX VALLEY! House hunting in a seller's market, though, adds more factors for you to consider during the process. Although the market might not be favoring buyers at the moment, there are many things that you can use to your advantage to help you buy your dream home! Look through the current HOME LISTINGS so we can help you begin this exciting journey, and follow these 6 useful tips for buyers in a seller's market.

WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED AGENT. Eliminate some of the time and stress that comes with house hunting by working with an experienced real estate agent. Team Rullo Real Estate is here to help you find your dream home! Let us know exactly what you are looking for. We understand the Fox Valley housing market, now what is available, and negotiate the best deal for your new home! Read ABOUT US to learn about our experience and our commitment to you!

BE PREAPPROVED BY A LENDER. Get preapproval for a loan from a reputable lender that you can present to the seller. This shows that you are serious about buying the home and makes the seller feel more comfortable knowing that your finances are in order. If you already know that you can afford the home and have a high credit score, get this part of the process out of the way when you initially start your house hunting process. It can help you stand apart from the other buyers. For help with the kinds of loans that are available for you, check out our FINANCE INFORMATION

BE DECISIVE IN MAKING AN OFFER. Buying a home is a major decision so being thoughtful about the home you make an offer on is imperative. But don’t get bogged down in over analyzing. Before you begin the house hunting process, be sure to know exactly what you are looking for in your dream home…price, location, and type. When you find a home that checks all of the factors you have previously determined, make an offer! You don’t want to miss out on your dream home due to overthinking.

MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER. Start with a strong opening offer. You should know the maximum that you are willing to pay. Although we all want to get the best deal possible, in a seller’s market competition is high. If you come in with too low of an opening offer, you could miss out on your dream home. Be aware of what other houses are on the market and the pricing of the homes in the area. This will help you determine what is an appropriate amount to negotiate for the house you want. Have a strong opening offer that you are comfortable with AND that will be acceptable to the seller.

PREPARE FOR A BIDDING WAR. Bidding wars inevitably cause stress for buyers. The fear of missing out on your dream home is understandable. However, competition in a seller’s market is high. Know what you are willing to pay and search for houses below your max budget. This will help you avoid spending more than you are comfortable with should you end up in a bidding war.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. You might not get the first home that you make an offer on. In a seller’s market, it is likely that you will have to make several offers on homes before finding the perfect one for you. Recognize what happened with the transactions that don’t work out and learn from them. Stay true to what you want and realize that there are other options in the Fox Valley that our team will be happy to help you find!

Source: TRULIA

Fox Valley Elementary School Teachers Rank Top in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

Where your child will attend K-12 is an important factor in house hunting. Here in the FOX RIVER VALLEY we pride ourselves on our school districts. Our teachers are a major contributing factor to the strength of our schools. Niche K12, which provides local reviews of K-12 educational institutions, recently released their list of the top 100 elementary schools in Illinois with the best teachers, and we are happy to report that teachers in AURORA, GENEVA, SOUTH ELGIN, ST. CHARLES, and BATAVIA all made the grade!!

Niche K12 ranked Illinois elementary schools based on seven criteria….(1) Niche Academics grade, (2) Niche Teachers grade, (3) average teacher’s salary, (4) teacher absenteeism, (5) teacher salary index, (6) teachers in first or second year, and (7) student to teacher ratio. Each of these factors were weighted and a ranking was derived from the results.

Elementary schools throughout the Fox River Valley were in the top 100 schools in Illinois with the best teachers!! The cities of Aurora, Geneva, South Elgin, St. Charles, and Batavia are great places to raise a family, and our schools are foundational to our communities. We would like to recognize the elementary schools listed below for their dedication to teaching excellence. All of these schools are surrounded by excellent neighborhoods for any family to call home.

Aurora

#2 White Eagle Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near White Eagle

#16 Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Gwendolyn Brooks.

#20 Reba O. Steck Elementary School--Current Home Listings near Reba O. Steck

#29 Nancy Young Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Nancy Young

#34 Georgetown Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Georgetown.

#37 Peter M. Gombert Elementary School--Current Home Listings near Peter M. Gombert

#40 McCarty Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near McCarty

 

Geneva

#46 Western Avenue Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Western Avenue

#47 Williamsburg Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Williamsburg.

#57 Harrison Street Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Harrison Street.

#59 Heartland Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Heartland

 

South Elgin

#76 Corron Elementary School--  Current Home Listings near Corron.

 

St. Charles

#63 Fox Ridge School--  Current Home Listings near Fox Ridge.

#65 Wildrose Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Wildrose

# 74 Ferson Creek School-- Current Home Listings near Ferson Creek.

# 89 Munhall Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Munhall

 

Batavia

#84 Grace McWayne Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Grace McWayne

#86 Hoover Wood Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near Hoover Wood.

#100 H.C. Storm Elementary School-- Current Home Listings near H.C. Storm

 

Congrats to all of these highly ranked elementary schools! Thank you to the teachers for all that you do!!

The Spectacular Chicago Blues Festival 2016!

by The Rullo Team

Summertime in Chicago is always a treat but few festivals are as emblematic of the best the Windy City has to offer as is the Chicago Blues Festival. This annual event is the largest free blues festival in the world! The Chicago Blues Festival honors the rich musical tradition of blues goes back generations in the city. Celebrate this heritage and get down and dirty this weekend, June 10th through the 12th, at Grant Park at the 33rd Annual Festival!

This amazing event offers the best that blues music has to offer featuring the top musicians from around the world. Enjoy three full days of FREE entertainment from your favorite Blues greats as well as the best up and coming musicians. This year’s opening night on Friday will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Chicago’s Alligator Records. The night will feature several of the labels renowned musicians and be headlined by Grammy nominated Shemekia Copeland. After enjoying the tunes on Friday, be sure to come back on Saturday for Soul/R&B night! The festival will conclude on Sunday evening with a tribute to blues legend Otis Rush. Whether you love jazz, blues, funk, soul, or just a weekend of pure entertainment, the Chicago Blues Festival will surely be one of the highlights of your summer!

Come get your groove on with us all weekend at the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival!!

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Time: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm daily

Location: Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Cost: FREE!

FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On the western edges of the Chicago metropolitan area, the Fox River Valley area offers easy access to all that Chicago has to offer! If you're interested in BuyingSelling or investing in St. CharlesGenevaBatavia, or any of their surrounding communities and subdivisions, including Mill Creek, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at: www.therulloteam.com

Perk up your Patio for a Beautiful Summer in St. Charles!!

by The Rullo Team

 

It’s officially June which means long days, warm temperatures, sunny skies and….PATIO SEASON! There is nothing better than summers in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, or any of their surrounding communities, and HGTV has some awesome tips on how you can spruce up your patio this season!


Durable Patio Furniture is a must when you want the materials to stand up to summer and fall storms, especially when made from concrete materials. Accent pillows can add some color and fun to your furniture.


Fire Pits always make an outdoor gathering more fun. Not only not it keep you and your guests warm on cool evenings, but it also creates a perfect conversational area (and a place for the kids to roast s’mores!).


Pergolas are beautiful structures that add shade and comfort on sunny days. Pair with a grilling area and a cute bistro table and you will have an outdoor space you will never want to leave!


String Lights create a gorgeous ambience! You can put lights inside an umbrella, or along your pergola, really anywhere in your backyard!


Accessorize!!! Patio furniture doesn’t have to be boring or uninspired. Spice up your outdoor living space with pieces from local artists, or a cool antique. Have fun with it!



If you're interested in Buying, Selling or investing in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, or any of their surrounding communies and subdivisions, including Mill Creek, give The Rullo Team a call or visit our website at: www.therulloteam.com

 

Memorial Day Weekend Events in St. Charles!

by The Rullo Team

Memorial Day weekend is HERE, and there are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday weekend in St. Charles that we wanted to share with you!

 

Memorial Day Celebration & Parade

When: Monday, May 30th at 10am.

Where: Parade begins downtown St. Charles at 6th and Main Streets and concludes at the Freedom Shine.

Following the parade there will be a memorial service and address from the mayor. After this, make sure to head over to Pottawatomie Park Pavilion for a family picnic!

Click here for more information


St. Charles Fine Arts Show

When: Saturday, May 28th from 10am-6pm & Sunday, May 29th from 10am-5pm

Where: Downtown St. Charles.

Cost: FREE!

This award winning show will feature 100 artists in various mediums.

Click here for more information.


While this long holiday weekend most often signifies the beginning of summer with the kids out of school, pools opening, picnics and BBQs with friends and family, and overall celebration, we must remember WHY we have this holiday. Memorial Day is here for us to remember the sacrifice made by men and women who have served our country in order for us to enjoy the freedom that is so important to Americans. So please remember to take a moment to thank our veterans this weekend, and every day.


Happy Memorial Day from The Rullo Team!

 

Festival of the Fox in St. Charles! June 9-12th

by The Rullo Team

The weekend of June 9-12th is a special weekend in St. Charles...it is the Festival of the Fox! This festival is fun for all ages and takes place in Pottawatomie Park to celebrate the sport of Dragon Boat Racing. There are four days worth of events… The Windy City Carnival kicks off on Thursday June 9th, followed by The Special Needs Family Day on the 10th, Picnic in the Park on the 11th, and the Dragon Boat Race on the 12th!

 

The Special Needs Family day is extra special to The Rullo Team, where funds are raised for Project Mobility, an initiative where disabled children can ride wheeled vehicles! Picnic blankets will be sold on Saturday and Sunday to raise money for this wonderful cause.

 

Picnic in the Park, across from the Pavilion, on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th will have music, food, giant lawn games, and lots of kids activities! The Festival of the Fox concludes with the Dragon Boat Race along the Fox River in Pottawatomie Park.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


We look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks at the Festival!

Memorial Day 2016

by The Rullo Team

It marks the first official weekend of summer.....Memorial Day weekend!!!  



 

After the harsh winter and a "barely there" spring, it's a great feeling having summer actually arrive on time. 

This weekend is always so much fun, but it's very important too.  Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor all those who have fought so courageously for our country and the freedom it represents. So in the midst of the family get together's and BBQ's and picnics, take time to remember and honor all of our Military and Veterans for all they have done and the sacrifices they have made.

Communities across Kane County have scheduled events honoring all who have served and are currently serving...


www.kanecountyconnects.com/2016/05/2016-memorial-day-parades-ceremonies-set-in-kane-county-il/ 

 

 

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

 

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

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