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Zion Banks has made her home in places like
Georgia, Minnesota and Los Angeles, courtesy of her husband's
frequent job transfers. So the Chicago native was thrilled six
years ago when she learned their next move would be back to the old
stomping grounds where she grew up.
"I'd been homesick for 20 years," Zion says with a
When they were trying to decide where exactly in the
Chicago area they would make their next home, Zion and her husband,
Dennis, decided they wanted an area with diversity.
"My children had always lived in an area where everyone
looked like them, but we wanted them to be with people who looked
different, too," Zion says. "We wanted people with different
values. We wanted them to be exposed to others as much as possible.
So we decided Flossmoor really fit the bill."
Recently, Zion took a few minutes to talk about her
family's love of living in the far south suburb.
What does your family like to do when you're not
working and in school?
My youngest daughter and I
find ourselves in the kitchen making cookies and chocolate-covered
pretzels. My middle daughter is a reader, so we've mapped out
routes to all the different bookstores in the area. My oldest is
into cooking, so I'm trying to expose her to different foods and
restaurants. …My husband's a big runner. He does the Flossmoor 5K
every year in September, and it's a beautiful course through the
What's the town like?
It was founded in 1924, and
it's a village of 9,000, so it's very small. Historically it was a
place where the professors from the University of Chicago would
come for the summer. They would have summer homes here because the
golf courses were phenomenal. … It's since evolved and people live
here year-round. … It's a very active and involved community in any
season. You can see the community spirit.
What can you find in downtown Flossmoor? What do
you like best?
I have a couple of favorites. The Flossmoor Brewery is my
favorite; I like to hang out there. There are a couple of
consignment stores. I especially love the one called Her Closet.
There's a little pastry shop called Sweet Annie's. They're all on
Sterling Avenue in downtown Flossmoor.
On the other side of Flossmoor is a restaurant called
Flavor. They have an eclectic mix of food: Cajun, Creole, and they
put things together. I like salmon croquettes with a side of grits.
Or you may get chicken with a side of waffles, so it's a real
eclectic blend. They also have a fabulous mimosa.
Anything else we should know about
There's a park downtown called Sculpture Park because
there's always two or three sculptures on display.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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