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Waukegan

Waukegan - there is only one.

North of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, my hometown.

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Shades of Dandelion Wine.


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I passed through Waukegan about 10 years ago, checking out the downtown area. Looks about the same as I remember. Hope you post some more pics sometime. Thanks for the mini-tour.
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Chandler's was a real institution in both Evanston and Highland Park for many years. I didn't even know they ever had a store in Waukegan.
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The first time I came to Chicago I stopped by Waukegan to visit my brother. Nice little town. He took me to some bodegas looking store that was sort of like a head shop but with no pipes and stuff. I really liked the little theater. I still have a picture from the lake I took there hanging on at my desk at work.

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The Harbor

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Waukegan. . . my old stomping grounds when I got sick of Kenosha. . . both cities of equal misery that noone would miss if they'd be swallowed into the Earth. . .

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A mile or so from where I grew up - the coal fired ComEd plant always provided a backdrop for my views. In the winter the soot from the plant would settle on the fallen snow - leaving clear dark lines in the snowbanks where it had settled between snows.

When I drove down with my wife in 2009 to take some of these we were quickly pulled over by security - the personable guard said there was nothing he could do about us taking photos from the public road - they just wanted to make sure we weren't terrorists. Totally different feel and experience than we had just had at the Zion (nuke) plant.























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and a segway .....
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A very big train yard provided a big part of my playground as a kid - a rich source of 1/2 burnt flares, a great place to flatten pennies. These shots are from Aug of 2013

















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Interesting pics of a town I've never seen!! Thanks!!
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Waukegan

My hometown too. From 1952 to 1975. It has changed ALOT since then.

I still will go to Louie's and the Quonset Hut when I happen to be going past.

Sure do miss those cheese bombers!!
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Waukegan. . . my old stomping grounds when I got sick of Kenosha. . . both cities of equal misery that noone would miss if they'd be swallowed into the Earth. . .

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^ What the hell's up with the animosity?

Waukegan is one of Chicagoland's most diverse suburbs, and actually has a large number of non-Mexican hispanic immigrants.

Kenosha isn't quite as diverse, but it has a nice waterfront, a decent downtown, the streetcar, some TOD relating to the streetcar, and some good Italian food. Oh, and of course a Metra stop.

Not sure what's so "miserable" about them.
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The harbor - Nov 2013

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Gypsum plant


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It kind of reminds me of a little city in my local region in western, PA minus the hills or northeastern Ohio. I used to live in the Chicago in Downers Grove but never got to visit Waukegan since I only lived there for a short period of time due to health problems but I was near it driving up to Milwaukee.
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