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Gurnee IL is best known today for the Gurnee Mills shopping center and Great America amusement park but the village has a long history that extends back, as does that of many Chicago suburbs, to settlement by the Potawatomi native American nation.
Gurnee first flourished as a
Flossmoor IL is one of the smaller Chicago suburbs, occupying only 3 2/3 square miles and having slightly fewer than 9500 residents. It is often spoken of in tandem with its neighboring town, Homewood, as the two villages share a high school and a joint park district.
Language can be a funny thing. Among people who speak the same language and maybe even live in the same city, there may several different ways to refer to the same object.
For example, I might lace up my sneakers then empty the waste basket next
Bartlett IL is perhaps the ultimate family town. Located in Chicago’s western suburbs, Bartlett is split among three counties – mostly Cook and DuPage with a small piece in Kane County, and is home to nearly 43,000 residents.
Nearly everybody in Bartlett is a homeowner,
Elgin, IL is today a growing city on the banks of the Fox River with a population in excess of 100,000. Founded as a stagecoach stop on the Chicago to Galena route and named after a Scottish hymn, Elgin grew famous as the home of two very different but
The Buffalo Grove IL of the 21st Century strikes the visitor as the stereotypical suburb with lots of traffic, big box stores, fast food emporia and large tracts of modern housing. A quick dip into the community’s history, however, reveals its origins as a farm town
Home repair is one of life’s necessary evils for homeowners and, whether it’s a do-it-yourself project or a job for a pro, it’s not much fun.
What is even less fun is making the same repair over and over again, or
All houses settle. That’s a fact.
However, settling can be a minor event that is more or less expected or it can be a cause of major damage to the home. The expected kind happens shortly after construction when even the best-compacted soil
Crystal Lake IL is an old town with an interesting history, having been home to wealthy mansion-builders and members of famous circus families as well as some of the earliest European settlers in the Chicago area.
One early business with a lasting legacy was the American Terra
The village of Brookfield IL is best known these days as the home of the “Brookfield Zoo,” properly called the Chicago Zoological Society. The land on which the zoo sits today was donated by a daughter of legendary tycoon John D. Rockefeller but neither he nor
OK, so it rained. That’s usually not a big deal. It’s good for the flowers and trees and farmers, right?
But then, sometimes it RAINS. Really rains. A gully washer. A downpour. A monsoon. Even-the-fast-speed-on-the-windshield-wipers-isn
OK, so you’re in the basement one morning to dig a pair of clean socks out of the dryer. Heading back upstairs you have one of those “wait a minute…” moments and think, “Did I see a crack in the wall?”
Modern-day Barrington IL resembles a country town more than a big-city suburb with its spacious homes on large lots and horse farms within minutes of its quaint downtown. Life is good in Barrington, located in a ZIP Code named among the 10 wealthiest in the U.S., and days
Wilmette IL is one of a number of suburban villages that make up Chicago’s “North Shore,” a string of communities bordering Lake Michigan that stretches from Evanston on the city’s northern edge to Lake Bluff, only 14 miles from the Wisconsin state line.
Sometimes, it seems that there is no end to the things that need to be done around the house.
Of course, there’s the regular cooking, cleaning and shopping – the things that keep daily life going.
Then there’s the minor maintenance
Repairing or improving one’s home is like many other human endeavors – it has changed and evolved and generally become easier and more convenient, thanks mainly to developments in product technology.
Painting a room, for example, used to be a lengthy, smelly ordeal. Oil-based
Skokie IL began life as a quiet village named Niles Center and didn’t begin to grow seriously until it was swept up in the postwar housing and baby boom in the 1950s.
One key event in the economic life of the village took place in 1956
Oak Lawn IL was originally founded in the mid-19th century by Irish, German and Polish immigrants. Together, these groups have continued to form the majority of Oak Lawn’s population and, in the recent census, residents claiming these origins accounted for nearly 70% of today’s
There are several old sayings that seem to glorify lack of knowledge, like:
“Ignorance is bliss,” and;
“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”
A case could be made for the wisdom of these adages
Chicago’s residential foundations come in various materials – poured concrete, concrete block, brick and stone. There’s even a type of foundation material, though long out of use, that was once common to the Midwest – “telephone tile,” a webbed block of terra
Ever since it was initially developed as quarter-acre residential “farmettes” in 1935, Palos Heights has grown gradually into a pleasant bedroom suburb west of Chicago with an enviable quality of life.
Along the Cal-Sag Channel, however, land adjacent to a local gun club gradually accumulated junked
Along with being one of the nation’s most well-to-do suburbs, Winnetka IL has some other enviable traits including great schools, beautiful parks and a scenic location along the shores of Lake Michigan. Perhaps one of its most interesting features is not a physical one but a
For homeowners in the city of Chicago, urban life is different in many ways from that of their friends and relatives in the suburbs. Just getting around, for example, presents challenges like finding a place to park that isn’t blocks away from a destination and doesn
Structural damage to a home’s foundation is serious business.
When a foundation goes bad, everything in the structure above it follows suit – walls crack, windows stick, doors jam, floors go out of level. When the foundation damage is serious, the damage to
Park Ridge IL is an old town by Midwestern standards; settlement began there in the 1830’s. First agriculture and, later, the manufacture of bricks drew population to the town and it boomed until the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
No surprise, then, that there