Market Square – Lake Forest, IL

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The first building that came to mind isn’t exactly what most people would consider a building. I chose Lake Forest’s Market Square. It is known as the first planned shopping center in the US. But that isn’t why I chose to write about it. Market Square is the central hub of my town. I remember always sneaking into William-Sonoma to snag a few samples and asking for everything I saw in the toy store. Now, my mom and I frequent the makeup store, Blue Mercury, and indulge in the new frozen yogurt shop that my friend’s mom recently opened.

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Many of my childhood memories are in Markey Square, at the many events held there throughout the year.

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In the summer, there are concerts every Thursday on the lawn where parents drink wine and kids run/bike/skate around playing with their friends.

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There is an event for Veteran’s Day where we can remember those we lost and thank those who returned home.

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One of my favorite events is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The high school choir sings, there is free hot chocolate/apple cider and roasted chestnuts from the local businesses. The whole town (those who are willing to go out in the sub-zero temperatures) gathers around this massive tree and counts down the seconds until the lights turn on.

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My love of this little place isn’t just from the memories I made in it, but also the beauty of it. There really is nothing like it. Coming to school in Oklahoma was not only a culture shock, but a landscape shock. I’m always surprised when I go home of how green the grass is, or how colorful the fall leaves are. Sometimes, it is the building itself that is beautiful. But other times, it is the things that surround it and the memories it holds.

 

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