Still euphoric over the release of A Groovy Kind of Love and all of the positive reviews that keep coming in, today I thought you'd might like to see some of the sights that influenced the book's settings.
First, there's Thaddeus's boyhood home in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago. I grew up not that far away in Elmwood Park, which is what I call a city-suburb, not officially part of Chicago, but on the boarder, so it feels way more like a city than an actual suburb like, say, Naperville.
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When I was growing up, Irving Park was famous for the Buffalo Ice Cream Parlor. Here's a photo of it back in the day. It's closed now, but most people who grew up when Thaddeus and I did visited on more than one occasion.
The Chicago Cultural Center used to be the library at one point, definitely circa 1970 when Thaddeus received his library card when he turned five. It's a spectacular building with the glorious largest Tiffany stained-glass dome and quotes about books that line the walls in mosaic splendor. When I worked downtown, I'd come here for the Dame Myra Hess concerts during my lunch break for chamber music that was my little oasis of peace within my deadline-filled days with Fire Chief magazine.
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Spring's college was inspired by my own. With its neo-gothic architecture, gorgeous old trees, and cloister walk, I knew this was the place for me as soon as I stepped foot on campus. A few other buildings and a parking structure have been added since I graduated. Heck, even the name changed from Rosary College to Dominican University, but the spirit remains the same, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Here's a picture of the Alfred Rubin Community Center in Naperville, where I envisioned the Bibliophiles book club meetings took place.
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This is the building where I imagined Ambrosia, the Pearson's juice bar, to be, right across from the Riverwalk. Funny coincidence that a Red Mango yogurt and smoothie place moved in a bit ago, but I had already created Ambrosia before Red Mango came to town.
And here's the gorgeous Meson Sabika restaurant where Thaddeus and Spring had their first date. The perfect location, don't you think?
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