Kelly Fitzgerald Studio | ourcityofdestiny
Our City of DestinyOur City of Destiny'We chose to move here from the city for better schools. We saw the potential in this location and loved that we could retain the city feel"
 
'We chose to move here from the city for better schools. We saw the potential in this location and loved that we could retain the city feel"
 
We can walk to the train and the store and restaurants and the library.... and dogs can live here.
 
We can walk to the train and the store and restaurants and the library.... and dogs can live here.
 
Both parents are in education. They look forward to seeing their kids grow up in District 62. A bonus to living here is the abundance of parks they can walk to.
 
Both parents are in education. They look forward to seeing their kids grow up in District 62. A bonus to living here is the abundance of parks they can walk to.
 
"I am four" and he loves attending the Maine West preschool program.
 
"I am four" and he loves attending the Maine West preschool program.
 

 

I always wanted one. To celebrate my new job we bought one and my husband painted it with my son. Our neighbor helped us put it up and we filled it. It gets a lot is use.
 


 

'My aunt worked at the Choo Choo. I remember coming here when I was a kid.'
'We love the range of backgrounds in Des Plaines and that it is not a chain filled town.'
 


 

We rented in Des Plaines and thought about moving to St. Charles, Batavia and some other surrounding towns but after attending some functions in those towns we knew they weren't for us.

"I found this street and knew this was where I wanted to live. We saw four houses on this block before buying this one."
 


 

'The music program at Maine West is great. People go to football games just to see the band.'
 


 

Everyone underrates this town. People are more genuine, no one is one upping the other. We often take for granted how safe we feel here.
 


 

I was drawn here because everyone I know here loves their town. People stay here because they want to be here and that says something about this town.
 


 

When I think of DP, I think it doesn't matter who you are, you are welcome. I was drawn to the community. I don't have the mind set to compete, I want to enjoy life.
 


 

We drew a circle on a map around both of our jobs and my mom's house. Des Plaines was in that circle. We were supposed to flip the house.

We ended up making good friends, loving the close proximity to Prairie Lakes, and finding the school systems were great. What really holds our attention is the good food. Lots of great local restaurants.
 


 

We love the tradition of taking the girls to the Choo Choo for their birthday's every year. I wish they would never outgrow that.
 


 

We love that our girls are exposed to so many different languages and cultures going to school here.
 


 

One of us coming from Hoffman Estates and the other Chicago, Des Plaines made the most sense logistically for us. Plus you can get downtown easily, close to the airport and can easily drive to the blue line.
 


 

After living here we have discovered that the library is great, the pools are perfect for us, the Park District has so many wonderful activities and programs. We don't want to give up the sense of security we have for our family.

We are ready to move to a larger house and we will definitely be looking in Des Plaines.
 


 

"In the summer this is where we walk and have our own ballet class. My mom watches us dance."
 


 

My husband grew up here. When it came time to buy, our Realtor talked us into moving North to get more house for our dollar. We are now back in DP because the schools and the neighborhoods there don't compare to here.

We want to walk to parks and restaurants, not just have one huge strip of chain stores.
 


 

The parks are a bonus!

"I am very fast'
 


 

This was supposed to be our starter home. When it came time to move because we out grew it, we looked twice but we couldn't imagine going anywhere else. So we put on an addition instead.

Every house doesn't look the same. You get the small town community feel without living in a small town. And once you get into the schools you don't want to leave.

"I like Prairie Chicken. I walk there for candy and the guy is so nice." - their 4th grader
 


 

We didn't plan on staying here but everyone is so comfortable right here, I can't see us moving. My in laws love being able to walk everywhere and they have found a senior group that that they spend a lot of time with. Everyone is at home here.
 


 

We went outside to wash the car this morning and ended up with 8 kids in our driveway playing and enjoying the nice weather.
 


 

The library is wonderful. Almost every Friday we go to the library and then to the Choo Choo for dinner.
 


 

I taught at Maine West before my kids were born. My husband was transferred to Nebraska where our kids then started school. In 2012 we had the option to come back.

We took one weekend trip here for house hunting. Taking into consideration my husbands commute to the city, we looked at Niles and Skokie and Mt Prospect as well. But I knew Maine West was great and I wanted my kids to go to school there.
 


 

Des Plaines enjoys a small town feel located right next to a world class city.

We love the close friendships our family has made with other families at our schools, our park district, our church and in the neighborhood.
 


 

We spend a lot of time out here visiting with friends around bonfires while the kids run around playing. These will be some of our favorite memories.
 


 

My brother and I sat out in front for a few days. Just sitting here, getting a feel for the traffic. With the amount of traffic we knew we could sell anything.

We wanted to bring organic natural food to the midwest. We knew the rest of the world was already there and we wanted to educate people here on what we were selling.
 


 

I have been told by many customers who come in repeatedly that it's one of the few places they can get a meal made of real food with true ingredients. Many say it tastes like back home, I take that as a compliment.
 


 

People will call and ask to reserve tables for teams and large parties.

There is limited seating at the moment so they usually choose to take everything to go but soon we will have a larger indoor space next door.
 


 

Our tot class starts in 10 min. It is probably one of my favorite classes. The kids really get into it and I love to hear that they do the poses at home on their own.
 


 

A lot of time people say 'I didn't even know there was a yoga studio in Des Plaines.'

My sister and I had the opportunity to buy this business and saw it as a great way to work together to keep a small yoga studio local. Yoga is not just about a downward-facing dog. It is about connections, building new relationships and making new friends with people in your community.

Everyone who comes in really seems to love our space. They love that it's a small individual studio who is not under specific direction of a corporate chain.
 


 

We always thought about having a space in Des Plaines of our own. This space means so many different things to so many different people.

For us, this space is a place for people to gather and share. I have witnessed many amazing connections happen. I see people helping each other and creating new friendships.

For some it is a place to check out and focus on themselves after giving their attention and energy to others for so long.

For others it is a place to connect and relax with their toddler or give their child the opportunity to make this space their own and to teach them about community and compassion.
 


 

L&L Snack Shop. Opened in 1987 by their parents, Gina and George continue to keep this place going.
 


 
A side of ham please.