New in Chicago (2013 according to Nate)

Nate asked me to write a post about our recent trip to Chicago. I thought to myself, “Why doesn’t he write it?” and asked him to. He semi-enthusiastically agreed.

2013 turned out to be a good year of new changes in my life. All the old videos and DVD’s from my home video collection were replaced with newer ones on DVD and Blu-Ray, and my bedroom and bathroom had re-painted walls and new fixtures. For my Chicago trip this year, many new things happened in my life. In Lincolnshire, IL, my old neighborhood and home in 302 Carlisle Lane celebrated their 25th anniversary (1988-2013), a new Fresh Market opened its doors, the McDonald’s was newly-renovated this spring, and the Marathon Mart was being renovated for early 2014. There were a lot of new things in Vernon Hills this year. A new Hobby Lobby opened in the former Dominick’s area in early 2013, Rivertree Court got a new Chick-Fil-A and a few newer stores, and a new Mobil Mart was scheduled to open by mid-2014. Libertyville is getting a new Trader Joe’s and plaza for 2014 as well. In Deerfield, the McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts were newly-renovated for 2013. The Olympia Center in Glenview’s Harlem Rd. (est. 1991-2014) got a brand-new Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts for 2013, although I had to check those out, and in the new plaza in its Milwaukee Ave., there was Holiday Inn, T.G.I. Friday’s, and the new strip mall containing Subway and BurgerFi, in which I checked out. Arlington Heights got a brand-new Subway as well; it opened in mid-2013 in the former 7-Eleven area in 333 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Also, with Dominick’s going out of business, I decided to check out Mariano’s Fresh Market because it was just like Wegman’s, although they’re big-box grocery stores in the USA.

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So what’s missing from “a good year of new changes in my life?” His one month gallery show at the Smithy in Cooperstown, his job assessment at the New York State Historical Association and the Bassett Hospital print shop, his work at a Habitat for Humanity house and his end of the year freak-outs. If we were to write this recap that’s all we’d have in it. For Nate, they don’t make the Top 20.

Now it’s on to 2014, a year we hope will include some kind of part-time job in Cooperstown and increased attention to Nate’s art (yesterday he started his first strip mall drawing in months). Nate just wants to see the freshly renovated Marathon Mart. Perhaps all our wishes will be fulfilled.

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About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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