Undeterred by the failure of downtown redevelopment efforts in other Chicago suburbs, the Village of Western Springs has unveiled plans for a complete transformation of its downtown area.
The plan, which is a set of guidelines rather than legal mandates, envisions a downtown that retains the "historic scale and character of Western Springs, while offering expanded opportunities to shop, live, work and play in a family friendly environment."
I've always enjoyed a visit to downtown Western Springs, despite the shortcomings that some locals obviously perceive. And, I'm a bit puzzled by how Western Springs can both retain its historic character and expand sufficiently to become a destination locale. Chicago's western suburbs are not lacking in destination downtowns and shopping malls.
If Western Springs is one of the communities you're considering for your next home, a visit to the French Market is a great way to experience a bit of the downtown. The French Market opens its every-Thursday through October 27 run on May 5, from 2 to 7 PM, on Hillgrove Ave in front of the Village's historic water tower.