I grew up in Glencoe during the 1950’s and 1960’s and once I received my own car at the age of 16, I spent as much time as I could driving between the North Shore and the Near North Side of Chicago. I had met several friends through the Civil Air Patrol who lived from north of me to as far south as Blue Island. Being one of a few of our group to have my own car, I felt like a livery service. As a matter of fact, my closest friend from CAP was dating another CAP young woman who is the one who lived in Blue Island! Phew! I think I got side tracked, but my father was a General Contractor but also was a detailed cabinet maker/carpenter. Many of his clients lived in Winnetka, Glencoe and Highland Park and I was brought along to be hi clean up kid. As a result of being able to see they huge mansions, I decided that someday I would love to live in one. I did have that experience for three years from 1995 to 1998 with my life partner who recently died from complications due to his Type 2 Diabetes. But the home we shared, early in our 22 years together, was a 6000sf home just north of the B’ahai Temple at 699 Sheridan Road in Wilmette (the first yellow brick north of the Temple on the west side of the street). It was 6000sf and very ornately decorated with Doric Columns, silver leafed railings, etc. To be continued!