I'm a 24 year old lifelong Des Plaines resident. I've always been fascinated with the deep roots in Des Plaines - including my own family, here since 1915. As I learned more about our history, I realized how hard it could be to casually discover our history, especially the history embodied in our buildings. So I started a blog, Revitalize Des Plaines!, in March 2009 to share what I found. To my surprise, it caught on; Revitalize Des Plaines! now has over 1400 fans on Facebook discovering and sharing our history.
I am a preservationist. I believe the way to a thriving, stable future is by building on the strengths of the past.