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War of 1812 Veterans Celebrated at West Chicago Cemetery

West Chicago, IL: June 15, 2012 – As this year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the West Chicago City Museum will be … Read more ›

The West Chicago Historical Preservation Commission recognized the restoration work completed last year on the historic building at 213-215 Main Street with a Historic Preservation Award at last night's City Council meeting.
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West Chicago Announces 2012 Historic Preservation Award

West Chicago, Illinois: May 22, 2012 – Almost 85 years ago, architect Robert H. Salisbury shared his intention for a building he designed to serve … Read more ›

Lucius B. Church's name and that of his wife Clara are perpetuated on the west side, in Church and Clara Streets.
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Crossed Swords: The Campaign Singer

Lucius B. Church, a native of New York State, settled in Turner with his wife Clara in 1857. He ran the Junction House, a hotel … Read more ›

Reality history returns to Oakwood Cemetery on October 7, 2011 with the 22nd Annual Tales Tombstones Tell. (photo courtesy of Philip Weibler)
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West Chicago's 22nd Annual Tales Tombstones Tell Provides Another Chapter of "Reality History" on October 7, 2011

West Chicago, Illinois: September 28, 2011 – Picture yourself standing amidst majestic oak trees on a brisk October evening at the oldest cemetery in West … Read more ›

Join in the old-fashioned harvesting of Kline Creek Farm's corn crop.
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Help With "Corn Harvest" at Kline Creek Farm

On a farm, autumn is the time of harvest, a culmination of the year’s hard field work and a period of preparation for the cold … Read more ›

Mebers of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District honor guard walk the American Flag up the aisle to kick-off the ceremony. (Bridget Doyle/TribLocal photo)

‘They’ll never take our core values away’

About 100 DuPage County residents gathered Sunday to pay tribute and look forward in honor of the tenth anniversary of the  9/11 terrorist attacks. DuPage’s … Read more ›

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In their own words: TribLocal contributors reflect on 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001, dawned bright and clear, but before the day was out indelible memories had been etched into our collective consciousness. For the 10-year … Read more ›

DuPage County will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Morton Arboretum. (Chicago Tribune file photo)

DuPage plans 9/11 tribute at Morton Arboretum

With the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearing, DuPage County is planning an event to remember those who lost their lives and … Read more ›

World War I servicemen Cyril Dieter and Sam Gregory stand in front of The West Chicago Theatre, ca. 1918.
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The Cinema in West Chicago: the Newest Installment of "A Sense of Place"

Ever since the late 1890s when movie theatres began to pop up in towns across the U.S., people have loved the diversion of watching a … Read more ›

Linda Gilbert, president of the Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation, wants to save the McKee House in the Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Glen Ellyn. (Corey R. Minkanic, Photo for the Chicago Tribune / July 11, 2011)

Historic DuPage County Forest Preserve District buildings in danger of being razed

A 1930s-era limestone home that once belonged to DuPage County’s first forest preserve superintendent and an adjacent building that housed the forest preserve district’s first … Read more ›