"A Special Place: Downers Grove" Top 5 Page for this destination Illinois Favorite Tip by deecat
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Favorite thing: To Allan and I, Downers Grove, Illinois plays a special role in our life together. It was there that we brought home our beautiful daughter, Jill Michelle. She was five days old when we first saw her at Lake Bluff Home For Children. The new apartment we were renting once we moved to Downers Grove had two bedrooms, and we made a lovely nursery for her.
The founder (1832) of Downers Grove is Pierce Downer who discovered this huge grove of trees in the middle of the vast Illinois prairie, and he knew it would provide the raw material needed to begin a new village. So you can see why the town was called Downers Grove The railroad soon opened new opportunities to Downers Grove. Once the expressway system was built, excellent transportation was available to the citizens.
Today there are almost 50,000 people living in Downers Grove, and the village finds itself near total development within its borders.
The Park District manages over 500 acres of park land in town and has won the coveted National Gold Medal award for the quality & diversity of its recreational pursuits.
The community has over 1,000 hotel and motel rooms, including two all suite properties.
The downtown shopping district remains strong with financial services, professional services and retail services. There are also numerous restaurants downtown.
Fondest memory: Our fondest memories, by far, was watching Jill go from an infant to a toddler here in Downers Grove. In addition, a wonderful lady babysat for her while Allan and I both taught, and that woman was fantastic. We appreciate the fine people of Downers Grove who have wonderful values and kind hearts.
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