1085 Nerge Road
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84 Biesterfield Road
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200 Reverend Morrison Blvd.
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When Debbie Casas and her husband Jorge blended
their families last year, they went from apartment living to their
first home in Elk Grove Village. The older kids were already
attending Elk Grove High School while living in Des Plaines, so the
family just slipped across the border into their new home while
maintaining the kids' routine at school. After just a year in their
adopted hometown, Debbie can't imagine living anywhere else with
Frank, 19, Abbi, 16, and Katherine, 10.
You seem really excited about making the move from
We are. This is our first
house. We have a backyard-my kids have never had a backyard. … And
now we have a garage so they can take out their bikes.
You and Jorge are practically
We just got married in June 2009.
We've known each other for 17 years because he was married to a
friend of mine who died several years ago. … Now I work full time
and Jorge is a stay-at-home dad by choice, so he's there to be with
the kids and do whatever they need to do.
What do you do around town when you have free
The movie theater is right near us
and the kids go to the movies a lot. There's also a great water
park across from the library-Rainbow Falls. … There's the Rotary
Fest in June, which is a week of music and carnival rides and
bands. And in July there's a bike race that's nationwide. They shut
down the streets for it, but they also have a block party for two
nights and we could walk to it.
What's your neighborhood like?
There's a park about a block and a half from our house.
We're comfortable enough to let Katherine ride her bike there by
herself because other parents (are) there, and everybody seems to
watch out for everybody.
What are some places you can't miss in Elk Grove
The restaurants we love are Abbate's Pizza and Peapod
Chinese Restaurant. The big attractions are Rainbow Falls, the
movie theater, and we just discovered how much we like the Elk
Grove Village Library.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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