life, memoir, photography

The Old Stompin’ Grounds

Perhaps you read about my road trip 1 from Florida back to my home town in the Chicago area. Well, I’m here and thought I’d show you the suburb where I grew up.

Even though there are suburbs on top of suburbs which makes it quite an urban area, my little suburb is called a village. Mom and I took a ride into the middle of the village, and I thought I’d share the photos I took.

It’s one of those paradoxical things where it seems like everything has changed, but nothing has changed. It’s not so much been modernized as just updated to look new. The first people settled here in 1841, and it didn’t become a village until 1890.

Thanks for sharing in memories of my old stompin’ grounds.

This is the main street of the village.
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This is the landmark in our little village. When I was growing up it was a Lutheran church. It is Baptist now, and still an eye-catcher in the middle of town. Built in 1907.
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All that manicured lawn in the church photo, used to be a motley growing field. They’ve since changed it to look like these two photos above and below.

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Around the corner from the gazebo above, is another gazebo in the below photo. Many eons ago, on my wedding day, we parked on that street you see to the left (below) to take photos. The police chased me (the bride) and the wedding party out. We were quite the threat. 😉 I guess we parked in a no-parking zone.

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Check out a few more photos below of the beautiful day, and perhaps read my memoir anthology about growing up there.

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17 thoughts on “The Old Stompin’ Grounds”

  1. What a beautiful village! My sister lived in Frankfort, IL for six years. During one visit, we spent some time in a nearby town (village?) that had a similar look and feel. Must have been a great place to grow up!

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    1. Oh yes, Frankfort is way south, near Joliet. Kind of a drive from my hometown, but still another nice suburb. I read your blog about your mom’s hometown in Wis. My dad has a place in Wis on a river for summer getaways. It’s near Janesville. Thanks for stopping by to read about my hometown.

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  2. It was enjoyable looking at the photos of your hometown, Lori. And hearing the story about the wedding gazebo. Not so happy about your tooth story. Sending you good wishes for a safe trip to the tooth-doctor and home…

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  3. Beautiful home town! I have visited Chicago many times but have never seen any of the Burbs. This one is lovely. So different from where I grew up.
    Thank you for sharing. Good luck with the tooth. Keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. What a wonderful place, so pretty and idyllic. I can see you being chased as bride – must be the most exciting thing that happen for months there. Great photos again – can wait to see your Chicago shots. Really have to start working with mine. Have a couple of hundred of them. Wish you a pleasant weekend. Good luck with your tooth.

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    1. I hope I can get to downtown Chicago. I have so many friends and family to see here in the burbs. I hope I get a chance to go next week. Thanks for checking out my hometown.

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  5. Prayers and warm vibes out (up) your way, I’m sure you’ll feel better once you see the doc. Great shots. I’m going back to where I grew up in three weeks (for my brother’s wedding) and haven’t been there in almost 25 years. Planning a get together with my high school chums. It’s going to be interesting! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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