Someone came to my blog the other night from a forum on Roseland, a community on the southwest side of Chicago where I spent the first 11 years of my life in a house on the same street my father grew up on. I have such good memories of that place playing with zillions of other neighborhood kids, walking to Brenan school and playing on its playground, shopping at Gately's People Store, ahhh. Seems I'm not alone in missing that neighborhood and wanting to go back there to see how it looks today.
The forum discussion on Roseland is a part of a site called Chicago Snapshot and I am still not sure where the main page of that site is, but in any event am glad someone found me from there. Lots and lots of former Roseland-ites have joined in the discussion sharing their memories. One of the commenters mentioned she has a series of photos from Roseland on Webshots so I went and took a look. Not everything seems familiar in this present day, but I laughed when I saw the photo of a building titled: Shimkus. Could our southern Illinois congressman have relatives in Roseland?