Manhattan, IL is The Perfect Mix of "Memories with Progress"

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Manhattan, IL is The Perfect Mix
of "Memories with Progress"
Whether old or young, watched during its initial run or on a current cable tv channel, almost everyone knows about the show, "Leave it to Beaver".  It's about an idyllic representation of 50's and 60's America as you can get ...  

When describing my life as a kid growing up in Manhattan, IL ... this show is be a pretty good facsimile.  I lived the Beaver and Wally life.  

The Mundts were the Cleavers.  I was the #3 son in a family of 4 boys.  Mom was a stay-at-home mom.  Dad worked a 9-to-5 job as an accountant.  They were as perfect as June and Ward.

Like the Beav, I had few cares.  I ran out the door early in the morning and didn't get back inside until dinner or maybe even bedtime.  School, sports, and friends kept me busy.

During the summers, my brothers, friends and I could be found in our big yard playing ball of some kind.  Or down the street at the church's basketball court.  

Exchange the names of Beaver and Wally's friends ... Whitey, Eddie, and Lumpy for those of mine and my brothers:  Buzz, Red Dog, Earl the Pearl, Duck and more.  We were together constantly.  

Back in those days, the population of the Village of Manhattan was under 1000.  There was one public school.  It provided classes for kids in kindergarten through 8th.  Lots of the students were farm kids, as Manhattan was surrounded on all four sides with family farms.

Each of the grades had around 20 kids or so in it.  As we progressed through the grades, we moved to a different classroom within the school building, but the faces at the school desks (or the sports teams) didn't change much over the years.  

Most of the teachers at our school had taught there for years. Even decades.  The school matriarch and First Grade Teacher, Anna McDonald, had taught my wife's father in a one-room school house early in her career. (Later, she taught my wife and I along with each of our siblings.  Now that's real dedication.)

Yep, Manhattan, Illinois was the perfect place for a kid to grow up ... and I WAS Beaver Cleaver.

Move ahead to Manhattan, IL 2017:

While it's true that Manhattan has seen vast changes since the days I was a kid, it still remains a great place to call home.  Its growth speaks volumes as to the quality of life that can be found there.

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Because of its location, about an hour south of the Chicago Loop, located on the Metra Rail Line, and near major interstates and highways ... the Village offers residents the ability to commute to the City of Chicago and nearby work hubs, but the luxury of living a more laid-back suburban lifestyle.  

The population of Manhattan has grown to around 7,400+ (2014) as a result.  New subdivisions and new construction starts are common sites within its boundaries and surrounding areas.

The Manhattan School District 144 has now grown to 3 public schools to accommodate the growth and needs of the community:

Manhattan also has a parochial school:

Multiple pre-schools and daycare facilities are available within the community to help meet the needs of local families.

Manhattan students attend (public schoolLincoln-Way West High School  (one of the high schools serving Lincoln-Way School District #210) located at 21701 S. Gougar Road in New Lenox.  
Providence Catholic High School is available in nearby New Lenox and serves the needs of many area parochial students.  It's located at 1800 W Lincoln Hwy. in New Lenox.  (Other parochial school options exist in nearby communities, as well.)

The Park District of Manhattan is a vibrant and active one, offering a full-range of activities, programs, and events for toddlers through seniors.  Having grown from just one park years ago, it now offers 7 park locations for its residents' enjoyment ... including the historic Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm.  

The Manhattan - Elwood Public Library provides vital books, services, and educational opportunities to every age group within the village(s) and surrounding township(s). It's a cog of both communities and is continually adding new programs and events to serve residents.   

Proud of its large Irish population and roots ... the Village has been the site of the Manhattan Irish Fest for well over 20 years.  Manhattan Irish Fest will be held once again this year on March 3rd and 4th.  

The Irish Fest Parade (held downtown Manhattan) will kick-off at 11 am on March 4th.  I advise you arrive in town early on that day.  The parade is enormously popular and well-attended!

If you haven't attended Manhattan Irish Fest before ... and would like to experience the true spirit of the Manhattan community, the Fest is a great time and way to do it.  There are activities, music, food, entertainment, and much more offered throughout the Fest for every age to enjoy. 

The info I offer above just begins to scratch the surface of all that is available and possible, should you live within (or visit) my hometown.  The size of the town may have changed over the years, but the character of the Village of Manhattan and its residents has not.  
I know the Beav and I would be in complete agreement saying ... the town's slogan sums up the life and possibilities awaiting within the community perfectly ... "Memories with Progress".  

Hope you'll visit Manhattan, IL soon ... or consider becoming a resident ...

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Loved this post, Gene. I grew up in NYC so we definitely did not have a "Leave it to Beaver" kind of life in Manhattan... but I watched the show religiously, nonetheless. I never heard of Manhattan, Illinois... only Manhattan, NY of which I am a native. Same name, two different towns with different lifestyles!

Feb 02, 2017 11:30 AM #1
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gene - While I grew up in a city, I had a more or less idyllic childhood as well. But that city hasn't fared as well as Manhattan - it was interesting to read how it kept its character while accommodating the inevitable growth. Nice memories.

Feb 02, 2017 11:42 AM #2
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Manhattan definitely has its own personality, Dick Greenberg ... a real blend of traditional and new.  We're still out there often as my Mom still lives in our family home.  I'm blessed and I know it ... appreciate the comment ...


Feb 02, 2017 11:52 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Gene this is a fabulous post!  What a creative way to do a localism post and showcase your idealic town of Manhattan IL!  I grew in a bigger city (but smallish) and I also feel like I had a pretty fun childhood full of lots of adventures with  5 brothers, 2 sisters, cousins and a bunch of neighborhood kids. Always something going on and always a ton of kids! And plenty of substitute neighborhood parents looking out for all those kids and keeping them in line!

Feb 02, 2017 04:08 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi, Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi!

I really enjoyed your story and how similar you lived like the Cleavers, as did my family. Although I never heard of Manhattan, IL, I know you know where I lived, Chicago. I have 4 sisters and we were raised the same way with regards to school and lifestyle, especially when it came to Church Carnivals & Playgrounds!

You always come across as a man who grew up with values, education, and a great personality when it comes to working with people. I've enjoyed getting to know you and happy we are members on ActiveRain. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story about you! 

Feb 02, 2017 04:25 PM #5
Foster Smith Summerville
Carolina One Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor

My daughter and son-in-law and their four kids live in the small town down the road, Monee, IL. Small world. :)

Feb 02, 2017 05:18 PM #6
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I enjoyed reading your post. I had not heard of Manhattan IL

Feb 02, 2017 05:32 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

How different then and now....stay at home Mom's...though mine didn't wear

heels while vacuuming like June Cleaver...there was dinner home made everything with a family that ate together...and not everyone ran off in every direction for other activities.

Feb 02, 2017 08:04 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's like the best of the past with none of the bad stuff and only the good stuff plus more good stuff! I hope that just made sense hahahaha!

Feb 02, 2017 11:24 PM #11
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Fun post to read. I enjoyed the comparison you did. It's always interesting to ready perspective of people in other parts of the country. 

Feb 03, 2017 06:33 AM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Gene.  I had no clue about Manhattan, IL.  Looks like a wonderful place.

Feb 03, 2017 06:36 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Gene

I really enjoyed reading this flashback in Manhattan IL and your look at the community today. Never heard of it which made this even more interesting, as was reading about your life as a kid.


Feb 03, 2017 07:25 AM #14
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Lovely representation of your town - then and now.  Loved the history lesson because all towns have something of value to share.  We can't go back in time, but it sounded like a lovely place that has continued to thrive and grow.  

Feb 03, 2017 09:00 AM #15
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

There is no better way to learn history than traveling. Great to know. Thank you for sharing.

Have  a nice weekend.


Feb 03, 2017 09:59 AM #16
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a wonderful overview of the way it was and the way it is. Great post!

Feb 04, 2017 11:56 AM #17
Adam Feinberg
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

LOL, your post caught my eye because I am a Manhattan resident...though Manhattan as in New York, NY.

Great post though.

Feb 04, 2017 04:14 PM #18
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