7 can't-miss holiday displays
•The 300 block of Juniper Lane in South Elgin:
"Twenty-two families decorate this winding street. It has 2,000 lighted arches over it. They lost all of their ash trees to the emerald ash borer, but they rectified the situation by adding thousands of lights!"
•North School Park in Arlington Heights: "Make sure you get out of your car and walk through. Since 1991, this display has been built by park employees. It has a vintage dump truck and revolving carousel with wooden horses made of sheet metal."
•Happy Foods market, 6415 N. Central Ave.: "Decorated to the nines. Animated characters on top of the refrigerated cases! Every aisle has something great. You're looking for your salami and suddenly you find yourself looking at a bunch of elves."
•The Loiotile home, 8633 N. Callie Ave., Morton Grove: "An adorable little house, and Nick, the homeowner, built everything you see. The toy soldiers, the train, the mailboxes for Santa Claus letters. And he animated everything himself, too."
•The Pluta home, 2921 Autumn Drive, Woodridge: "They turn their house into 'Elfland,' and it's animated, with a Ferris wheel on the roof, and elves teetering from ladders. It's really charming."
•The Hagenbring home, 100 Old Oak Drive, North Barrington: "The guy who lives here is Verne Hagenbring and he is 92 years old. He used to be the Santa Claus in a dime store that he used to own in Arlington Heights. He started decorating when he was 86."
•The Zion Festival of Lights ( Emmaus Avenue and Shiloh Boulevard): "A drive-through display, with a walk-through. It has 80 animated dioramas. You walk among hundreds of huge lighted trees and keep coming on random dioramas. It's unbelievable."
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