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Kyle Johansen
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Real estate broker at Keller Williams. Passionate about Chicago sports. Tech geek at heart obsessed with stats and trends.
Real estate broker at Keller Williams. Passionate about Chicago sports. Tech geek at heart obsessed with stats and trends.

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Giesche Shoes closed its doors in 2014 and since then Glen Ellyn has seen three different proposals come forward attempting to re-shape the space at the corner of Main and Hillside. The first two proposals fizzled out (the most recent being in November), so hopefully this third proposal can navigate around the missteps of the first two...
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There isn’t a restaurant I get more excited to dine at these days than A Toda Madre in Glen Ellyn. If I try hard enough I can almost taste the Camarones pan-seared shrimp tacos with their decadent lime chihuahua cheese topping melting in my mouth, not to mention countless other delectable items on their menu. It’s a shame that I have not been to the original Bien Trucha in Geneva, or the newest addition Quiubo in Naperville, but why go there when A Toda Madre is so close? Santo Cielo, however, appears to be worth traveling to...
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The spring selling season has been heating up for the past couple of months, and even the weather has finally taken the cue to help nudge any potential buyers off the fence and out to see homes. May and June are historically when the highest amount of homes are listed, so this market is still just getting started...
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Thanks to the Butterfield Park District, Glen Ellyn is going to receive some additional green space in the form of a new park at the corner of Rt. 53 and Butterfield Rd. Named Glenbriar Park, the lot is still in the early stages of construction but hopefully it will be ready for the warmer months. Early plans show a lot of potential...
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The last time we checked in on parking in downtown Glen Ellyn, the Village Board was discussing three potential sites to build a new parking garage. The idea was to proactively solve any future parking issues as new businesses continue to move in. With…

https://rockinthesuburbs.live/2018/03/01/updates-on-downtown-glen-ellyn-parking-garages-and-new-streetscape-plan/
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Growing up in Glen Ellyn, I spent the majority of my summers at the Links either on the range, having a putting tournament with my friends on the practice green, or heading out for $6.50 worth of 9-hole action. Having a junior resident card back in the day was a beautiful thing. After a day in the sun we would hit up the now completely renovated restaurant, which always included a round of cheese fries and a game of chicken to see who would leave for the bathroom first and risk having their free “pace of play” soda doused with salt packages.

https://rockinthesuburbs.live/2018/02/20/registration-open-at-village-links-save-by-registering-early/
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One of the great benefits of living in Glen Ellyn is quick access to the Metra train station. If you’re heading into the city, you can avoid the headache of traffic and get there in under forty minutes, all while enjoying your favorite podcast or streaming your favorite show on the go. Or maybe you’d like to check out a new restaurant in a neighboring town and don’t want the hassle of a car, the train is there for you. While some may take the train for granted, it’s a benefit that a lot of towns simply don’t have. Just as it’s easy to get used to having the train so close, it’s also easy to get used to the status quo of the 1960’s era train station.
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The group Protect Glen Ellyn was created to fight, ironically, against the Village of Glen Ellyn and True North Energy LLC, whose proposed and approved plan for a 12-pump gas station at Five Corners has not exactly drawn a round of applause by residents. Instead, shortly after the gas station was approved, Protect Glen Ellyn filed a lawsuit against both the Village and True North Energy. Spurred on by fund raisers and donations to continue their legal battle, Protect Glen Ellyn has won small battles along the way, the most recent being a ruling by DuPage County Judge Bonnie Wheaton which denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

https://rockinthesuburbs.live/2018/01/17/does-protect-glen-ellyn-have-a-case-in-their-legal-battle-against-the-village/
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I’ve been reading my dad’s old newsletters lately. I’m fortunate that physical copies were kept by a woman who enjoyed reading them so much that she kept every copy over the years. There is so much laughter, joy and yes sadness in reading them, but also so many insights and wisdom that I felt compelled to start sharing them. The first one I’ll start with is from January, 2009. My dad loved fires and his affection for them could not ring more true than here, in what manifests itself as a love letter to the art of a wood-burning fire.
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