Morton Grove, best place to raise a family?

In July of 2007 Family Circle Magazine named Morton Grove as one of the 10 Best Towns in the U.S. for families.

At the end of 2011, Business week named Morton Grove the 3rd. best place in the U.S. to raise kids:
“The No. 3 best place to raise your kids in the U.S. Morton Grove, a suburb about 15 miles from Chicago, is part of a park district that comprises 14 parks totaling more than 70 acres, two outdoor pools, a museum, four field houses, a 50,000-square-foot community center, and an outdoor ice rink, according to Morton Grove Park District. The village is home to several high-performing schools, including Hynes Elementary School, Park View Elementary School, Golf Middle School, and Melzer School, according to ”

If you look back in Morton Grove’s history, it was not always so…

♠ Roadhouses thrived during Prohibition (1920–1933) in rural areas near Chicago. Roadhouses varied from small, sleazy taverns to big, fancy nightclubs with name dance bands and floor shows. Many served food, but the big attraction was being able to drink illegal beer or liquor. “The Outfit” or syndicates distributed the illicit booze and controlled many roadhouses where recognized customers could get served.  The Dells and Lincoln Tavern in Morton Grove, were among the biggest and best known.

♠ On October 25, 1931, the unbelievable happened. Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to ten years in prison. That same day Matt Kolb was killed at his speakeasy gambling club, the Club Morton on the corner of Dempster and Ferris Road.

♠March 25, 1935 a tragic fire took six lives at Club Rendezvous in Morton Grove.

♠ February 17, 1947 William Vogel, (dubbed the slot machine king of the north side), surrenders to the court on an indictment of conspiracy to operate gambling equipment in Morton Grove.

And, if you think about it, the more things change, the more they stay the same…

All-InnAll Inn

Top row: “ALL INN on Dempster”

Bottom row:  “BIGGIES on Oakton” This is kitty-corner from Niles North H.S.

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Regulators hit “bad apples” in video gambling.

Video Poker Protections Questioned

More Suburbs Betting On Video Poker

Gaming Board Targets Video Poker Loopholes

And, after the “Tilted Kilt” project was withdrawn in Morton Grove, we now have Playboy Bunnies…

Bringer Playboy
Bringer Inn on Ferris

I wonder whether Business Week would consider Morton Grove as a good place to raise a family in 2015?  



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