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Kaneland Connection: Ream’s owners open up parking lot, look to future

ELBURN – A truck from Ream’s Elburn Market now sits in the parking lot on the east side of Route 47 in downtown Elburn, and – for now at least – customers of the award-winning meat market will have plenty of room to park in the downtown area.

Last month, a “sold” sign appeared in the lot, and the Reams said they were buying the lot, with the intention of moving across the street, a story we reported in the Kane County Chronicle.

Randy Ream on Tuesday confirmed the lot now belongs to the Reams, but it will be a while before there will be any building. So, for now, the lot will be available for customer parking, with some rules – with parking allowed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

It’s a prominent spot in the town – Vestuto Real Estate featured it as “the LAST buildable lot on Main Street in Elburn” on its website – and it was a focus for those who aimed to boost the number of parking spaces in town.

So what will become of the existing building once a new market is built and the Reams move across the street? Randy Ream suggested that it could be a restaurant of some type.

“It’s kind of an old building; it’s got a lot of character,” he said. “I’m a jazz musician. I’ll improvise. It could be a steakhouse. It could be a hot dog stand.”

The Corn Boil Medallion

Shirlee Guddendorf has searched for the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Medallion before. But this year, she thought she had a good shot after hearing the first clue. After the second clue, she figured she knew for sure.

Guddendorf journeyed into a patch of prairie near Volunteer Park, near the Sugar Grove Park District building, and found the medallion on a post. Volunteer Park, at 31 Main St. in Sugar Grove, is the site of Corn Boil activities.

As the winner, uddendorf receives $50, and she will be recognized during the Corn Boil opening ceremonies on July 26.

The festival runs through July 28.

The second clue – “The medallion is hidden in its place. Sugar Grove has a rich history. The goal you seek sometimes has lace and is rich with biodiversity.” – told her it was in the prairie area. She said she figured the clue was talking about Queen Anne’s lace, which is a wildflower or a weed, she said, “depending on your perspective.”

Guddendorf said she regularly attends the Corn Boil. She said she wasn’t motivated by the rewards of the contest.

“I just like trying to figure out the clues,” she said. “It’s the mystery of it that’s fun, not necessarily winning.”

For information on the festival, visit

‘Joseph’ begins next week

The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival presentation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” runs July 12 to 14 and July 19 to 21 at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The cost of a family ticket is $25. Preschoolers are free.

Cast members include: Teresa J. Arnold, Cornelius Marr, Steve Hommowun, Beth Hitzeroth McDonald, Robyn Lycan, Nicole DiSandro, Trisha Mills, Steven Mills, John Gibbas, Peter Lopatin, Paul Cepynsky, Tucker DeBolt, James Tockstein, Beau Ott, David Gotfryd, Ross Cortino, Ben Mitchinson, Dominic LaSalle, Mace Jendruczek, Alyssa Gibbas, Vivian Gibbas, Rebecca Hof, Alex Herbert, Katie Kenkel, Sydney Luse, Sally McClellan, Melanie Marr, Christine N. Stevens, Teresa Witt, Katelyn Blaszynski, Caitlin Carlson, Amanda Eckstrom, Ben Gibbas, Ethan Gibbas, Riley Gibbas, Allison Gotfryd, Abigail Heinicke, Paige Krueger, Lorelai Marr, Rohan Marr, Sabrina Massa, Libby Mattern, Betsy Mills, Natalie Mills, Ally Mitchinson, Jillian Mitchinson, Cyrena Pierce, Jade Sadowski, Erica Witt and Tim Gibbas.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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