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Welcome to Bartlett, Illinois

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Bartlett has a very interesting history. Originally hunting grounds for local Indian tribes, Bartlett lies in a woodlands area about thirty five miles west of the bottom portion of Lake Michigan. The major catalyst for Bartlett's growth occurred when Luther Bartlett donated twenty acres of his farmland to the Chicago and Pacific Railroad for a train station. The town was given Bartlett's name because of this, and the station attracted businesses, making the village a success. Bartlett's population is just over 40,000 based on the census of 2010. Bartlett wasn't always a large village. Expansion had been vigorously opposed. The Encyclopedia of Chicago states that when a company had planned to develop 540 acres of land in the 1970s, they backed out because of opposition to the project. With only 716 residents in the 1950s to over forty thousand today, Bartlett has seen some development.

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Clare Oaks Raised Garden Beds

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017

By: Clare Connection

George Harrison wrote a beautiful song called "Here Comes the Sun."

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter/Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here/Here comes the sun." George must have spent some time in Northern Illinois. Every year spring does come, and with it, the sun. Spring is a beautiful season in Bartlett, and gardening is a wonderful way to enjoy it. Clare Oaks Retirement Community provides raised and flat gardening beds for the community, a great hobby for senior living. It is such a joy watching your first green seedlings pop up out of the soil! If you are interested in gardening, here are a few pointers. 

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