Growing up in the small, summer-home community of Long Beach on the southern edge of Lake Michigan, I was spoiled with one of the most diverse natural settings rare to find in the midwest. Surrounded by dunes made of sand so fine it literally sings and the crystalline waters of Lake Michigan shimmering in the sun’s reflection that could instantly turn into a roaring caucus of foaming waves reaching 6 feet high, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Chicago’s skyline with sunsets Monet would be proud to paint.
Yes, I was aware of my natural surroundings, but completely oblivious to the manmade world. My hometown of Long Beach has a multitude of architectural styles - many of them tastefully elegant, with others being behemoth eyesores, but I took this all for granted as a punky teenager. I was so spoiled with the natural beauty of Long Beach. After beginning my research into the history of the area, my eyes were opened. Gratefulness could not have slapped me harder in the face.
This podcast is about the history hidden where no one considers looking, a place considered at the epicenter of the ‘microlevel’, places considered each own’s sanctuary: our homes.