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Where was the 'Coney Island of the North Shore'?

Did you know that Wilmette's Plaza del Lago was once a hub for cheap hot dog, hamburger joins and fireworks stands?

What is now the vibrant shopping center of Plaza del Lago was once a 22-acre unincorporated plot of land marked by lawlessness and unwanted by the neighboring towns of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Evanston and Winnetka. In the past, Wilmette Historical Museum has led walking tours of what was once known as “No Man’s Land,” and shared the historical events that shaped the area.

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