|My old house, 2017|
|My house, "The Big Snow" 1967|
We lived in the middle of Laramie, across from the landmark of the west side of town, "The Tank", (water holding tank for the Village of Wilmette).
West Park, a block north on Laramie, was added later, as an attempt to lure the kids away from "the field" to a proper playground! We had metal monkey bars, a metal slide, and an assortment of swings and equipment. It was great fun. There was also a metal taboggan slide off to the corner, which I never tried due to parents' warnings that there would be immediate death or horrific injury upon use! Latest changes to West Park: Playground equipment now conforms to modern safety standards to avoid cuts, bruises, broken bones from falls, and burned skin from metal slides! There is a Paddle Ball court, a community garden, and an artificial turf baseball diamond (I heard on good authority that back in the day, kids actually poured gasoline on the grass to burn the diamond and
When I was about 5 or 6 years old, I was allowed to walk a few blocks to the Dairy Queen at Lake and Laramie. It still looks and tastes as it did long ago! The charm of Wilmette lies in what remains the same, despite the changes!!
When I was the seasoned age of about 8, I was allowed to walk east on Lake Ave, past Loyola Academy, on the sidewalk over the Edens Expressway, to Edens Plaza. The overpass was a fun spot to wave to Truckers below....What a thrill when they beeped to say hi! Edens Plaza was, and still is, a favorite destination and hang-out for kids east and west of the highway. Many friends had their first job at Edens Plaza! Carson Pirie Scott is the only original store left in the mall. Woolworths, (and the lunch counter with their awesome french fries), Stineway Pharmacy, The Music Store, the original Schmitt's bakery, Phillip's Shoe Repair, are all distant memories now, replaced by Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond, Starbucks, etc....!!! Anyone that shopped at Carson's in the 70's to the mid 80's might even remember my mom, Marilyn Chesler, one of the most helpful and friendly saleswomen in Blouses, Junior Sportswear, and the Men's Dept.!!!
No discussion about Wilmette would be complete without mentioning the Wilmette Public Golf Course west of Laramie, on the north side of Lake. It had many incarnations in that last 90+ years, from public course, to private, back to public course, from fire damaged to renovated, and a great place for a wedding or other private party!
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BYE FOR NOW, EVE