Many who have lived in this area for a long time know Romeoville first was called “Romeo” and Joliet was referred to as “Juliet” way back in the day. But what about Bolingbrook? How was the town named?
Three original home tracts—sold from 1961 to 1965 under the names of Westbury, Colonial Village and King’s Park, were all part of the original “Bolingbrook Subdivision,” according to the Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission.
Ultimately, these homes and the families living in them formed the Village of Bolingbrook and it was incorporated in 1965. Today, Bolingbrook boasts a population of more than 70,000.
Four for Your Daily Planner
1. Hockey Five-O: Hockey for players 50-over in the Chicago area. Begins at 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 17) at Rocket Ice Arena, 180 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook. Cost is $15 per player/per session. For information, call (630) 679-1700 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Rockin’ the Ville: Banda Rika will be featured in the latest in a line of free concerts on Thursday (Sept. 19) at Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The concert is free and begins at 7 p.m. Banda Rika is described as a Latin band with a powerful, versatile and highly entertaining dance show. For more information, call the Romeoville Rec Department (815) 886-6222.
3. High School Football: Bolingbrook is at Stagg on Friday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Romeoville plays host to Oswego in its homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
4. 4th Annual Journey in Motion walk with Leeza Gibbons: Registration is at 9 a.m. and the journey begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, on the I&M Canal Trail at Channahon State Park (W. Story Street). Proceeds go to Leeza’s Care Connection at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. For information, call (815) 741-0700. Or, to register online, visit www.provena.org/stjoes/leezascareconnection.