This week, Moma Rock chose the topic: Tell us about your hometown, the place where you grew up.
Before reading ahead, first see what everyone else had to say on this topic:
I grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Since I was on the Lake County side, I went to Stevenson High School. I didn't stray too far from the area as an adult, aside from a few years in Itasca when I was in college (during holiday and summer breaks). I eventually moved into my late maternal grandma's condo (in Arlington Heights, even though it was right by Buffalo Grove HS) and then to a townhouse just down the road. I grew up in a neighborhood called The Crossings. It was circular, so I could ride my bike around and never get lost. I'd always go to the park behind my house, as well. There was a clubhouse with a pool and sometimes we'd get a membership for the summer. Other years, we'd just go to my grandma's pool a lot. Some friends of ours currently live in that neighborhood, so it was strange to be back there the one time we visited them. The park behind my old house had changed so much that I didn't even recognize it! Anyway, I wanted to share about some other places I remember from growing up in BG. Some places are still there and others haven't been around in ages.
|At The Ground Round|
Dippy's, the ice cream place in Plaza Verde. I don't even know what was so great about it, but they had soft serve and it was kid friendly. I think it had a circus theme.
Alcott Center: I remember attending pre-school there. When I was older, I'd go there for art classes. When I had my first child, I took him there for a baby music and movement class.
Ridge Plaza: When I was a kid, there was Ridge Cinemas, Arcadia (a cool gift store), Sweatworks (where you make paint designs on shirts) and Flip Side records. I know Portillo's is still around, but they made a different building for it. I remember the old style Portillo's better and would go there before or after movies.
The Plaster Hang-Up, which was in the shopping center on BG Road where Dominick's is now located. It was a place where you could paint some plaster creation. There was also Sunshine Crafts. I think it was located in Emmerich Park. I remember that the mother of a woman I worked with at Yen Yen owned it. I know I had one of my birthday parties there.
|My birthday party at Sunshine Crafts|
Downtown Historic Long Grove: We lived nearby and could practically walk or take our bikes there when we got older. They had cute craft shops. I loved going into the general store and sampling their dips. The Peppermint Stick ice cream parlor was great too. Almost every day after school, my mom would take us to Lollipop's and Nickelby's so my sister could get more stickers for her collection.
Yen Yen: We ate there all the time and my sister and I got part-time jobs there eventually. Even after working there, we'd still go all the time for meals. I eventually got my friends and husband hooked on it too.
Wiener Take All: When my BFF and I would meet up while our moms were getting their hair done at Hair Sensations, we would go for lunch at Wiener Take All. They had really good fries and one of the guys working there looked like John Travolta.
Buffalo Grove Days: I know it's coming up soon, for those of you who still live nearby. It's just your average carnival with craft booths and all the good BG restaurants as food vendors.
Buffalo Grove Theater: Originally, they showed independent films at a regular price. Then they eventually became a second-run theater. We'd go to movies there all the time. It was fun to joke about the ads that showed in a slideshow on the screen while we were waiting for the movie to start.
Buffalo (notice the lack of an "s" at the end): It's a great ice cream parlor that has really good grilled cheese sandwiches too. I couldn't go there without running into someone I know. I remember going there with a platonic guy friend for ice cream in the middle of winter one time and running into my first boyfriend (not all that long after we had broken up, but we were still on good terms). I also would run into my maternal grandma there when she was still able to get out and about. Sometimes we'd go there together for meals. I have so many fun memories of Buffalo. One of my favorites is when I was with a group of girlfriends and we saw a guy I worked with at Yen Yen. Some of my friends decided to go up to him, but they ended up going up to a different guy and the rest of us were laughing and screaming.
"Will" thinks it should be called "Buffalo's," but there really is no "s" at the end and I stand my ground on that!
|The memorable night with some girlfriends at Buffalo|
Mark Drugs: It was near where I lived and I liked going there for the latest teen magazines or to get my photos developed.
Willow Stream Park: When my family and I moved to a different house prior to the Itasca move, we were right by Willow Stream Park. I was there almost every day, either with my dog or on my bike. I'd take picnic lunch and a good book and sit on a bench by the pool area, so I could hear the music being played. I also went to that pool a lot when I went to BG Day Camp as a kid. I originally saw Blind Man's Bluff perform there. It's also the place where my husband and I first said "I love you" to each other.
Lou Malnati's: Definitely a staple of Buffalo Grove. I had my Sweet 16 there, as well as my bridal shower. No other Chicago deep dish stuffed pizza compares (even if it is good, it's not as good as Lou's). The restaurant that was there previously was called The Buffalo House and there's still this giant buffalo on one wall. They changed the sign under the buffalo to say "Buffa-Lou Malnati's."
|First dance recital|
That's all I can think of for now. If you live in BG or lived there at one point, feel free to comment with your own favorite places and memories.