Images: Icons of Medinah

 
 
Posted5/22/2016 1:00 AM
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Quite literally, Medinah Country Club put the community on the map.

Back in 1924, the Shriners of Medinah Temple in Chicago founded the club to provide recreational opportunities for members of the fraternal organization and their families. The Shriners created the club, which stretches from Lake Street to Irving Park Road along Medinah Road, and gave the community its name.

Still a private club today, Medinah Country Club has put the community of Medinah on the map figuratively as well. With three renown golf courses, the club and the community have played host to three U.S. Opens, a U.S. Senior Open, a PGA Championship and, most recently, the 2012 Ryder Cup. The major tournaments have drawn attention and visitors from across the country and around the world.

But it's not the only site in Medinah that has drawn international visitors. Both the Hari Om Mandir across from the country club and the Shree Swaminarayan Temple near Medinah and Irving Park roads have welcomed religious leaders and worshippers from India.

Nestled among the eye-catching architecture of the country club and the temples are the schools, stores, train station and post office that show the everyday hustle and bustle of a lively community and the parks and natural areas that offer a bit of rest from that suburban life. Each location is an icon of Medinah.

Take a look around and let us know which icons of Medinah are special to you. Which ones stir a memory for you? Where do you love to go in town?

Look for a new "Icons of ..." town gallery every Sunday at dailyherald.com/galleries and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. On our social media sites, share your favorite Medinah photos with us by using #shareyoursuburb.

Though Lake Park High School's East Campus officially has a Roselle address, its location on Medinah Road makes it a fixture of the community. The campus serves freshmen and sophomores.
  Though Lake Park High School's East Campus officially has a Roselle address, its location on Medinah Road makes it a fixture of the community. The campus serves freshmen and sophomores.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The Hindu Society, which traces its history to the 1960s, met in its Hari Om Mandir temple on Medinah Road for the first time in April 1987.
  The Hindu Society, which traces its history to the 1960s, met in its Hari Om Mandir temple on Medinah Road for the first time in April 1987.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The private Medinah Country Club, with its entrance on Medinah Road, was founded in 1924 by Shriners from Medinah Temple in Chicago. The community draws its name from the club.
  The private Medinah Country Club, with its entrance on Medinah Road, was founded in 1924 by Shriners from Medinah Temple in Chicago. The community draws its name from the club.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
This ballfield in Thorndale Park pays tribute to Augie Felcan. "His field of dreams," the sign reads.
  This ballfield in Thorndale Park pays tribute to Augie Felcan. "His field of dreams," the sign reads.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The Medinah train station serves commuters on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line with service to Chicago's Union Station and to Elgin.
  The Medinah train station serves commuters on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line with service to Chicago's Union Station and to Elgin.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Gaynor's Restaurant and Pub, on Medinah Road just south of Irving Park Road, features live music on Saturday nights.
  Gaynor's Restaurant and Pub, on Medinah Road just south of Irving Park Road, features live music on Saturday nights.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Medinah Baptist Church features a classic chapel and steeple at the corner of Foster and Sycamore avenues.
  Medinah Baptist Church features a classic chapel and steeple at the corner of Foster and Sycamore avenues.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Medinah Country Club has three renown courses and has hosted several major golf tournaments. Most recently, the 2012 Ryder Cup was contested on Course 3.
  Medinah Country Club has three renown courses and has hosted several major golf tournaments. Most recently, the 2012 Ryder Cup was contested on Course 3.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Medinah Intermediate School, at Thorndale Avenue and Medinah Road, serves about 200 students in third, fourth and fifth grades.
  Medinah Intermediate School, at Thorndale Avenue and Medinah Road, serves about 200 students in third, fourth and fifth grades.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Medinah Baptist Church has expanded to include a modern worship center with classroom and meeting space.
  Medinah Baptist Church has expanded to include a modern worship center with classroom and meeting space.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
These shops immediately north of the Milwaukee District/West Line railroad tracks are convenient for Metra commuters and traffic on Medinah Road.
  These shops immediately north of the Milwaukee District/West Line railroad tracks are convenient for Metra commuters and traffic on Medinah Road.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The Connolly Recreation Center at Thorndale Park features a full size gymnasium, fitness center, dance room, preschool room, two multipurpose program rooms and kitchen.
  The Connolly Recreation Center at Thorndale Park features a full size gymnasium, fitness center, dance room, preschool room, two multipurpose program rooms and kitchen.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
A small wetlands area greets visitors to the south side of Thorndale Park.
  A small wetlands area greets visitors to the south side of Thorndale Park.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
With a little snow, the hill in Medinah's Thorndale Park becomes a sledding hot spot.
  With a little snow, the hill in Medinah's Thorndale Park becomes a sledding hot spot.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The Connolly Recreation Center at Thorndale Park features a full size gymnasium, fitness center, dance room, preschool room, two multipurpose program rooms and kitchen.
  The Connolly Recreation Center at Thorndale Park features a full size gymnasium, fitness center, dance room, preschool room, two multipurpose program rooms and kitchen.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Frog calls and bird songs provide the soundtrack for a walk, run or bike ride through the Spring Creek Reservoir forest preserve on Medinah's southern edge.
  Frog calls and bird songs provide the soundtrack for a walk, run or bike ride through the Spring Creek Reservoir forest preserve on Medinah's southern edge.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The Medinah Post Office, on Medinah Road just south of Irving Park Road, serves ZIP code 60157.
  The Medinah Post Office, on Medinah Road just south of Irving Park Road, serves ZIP code 60157.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Lake Kadijah crosses under Medinah Road south of the country club entrance, adding to the golf course landscape to the east and providing natural vistas to the west.
  Lake Kadijah crosses under Medinah Road south of the country club entrance, adding to the golf course landscape to the east and providing natural vistas to the west.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Lake Kadijah crosses under Medinah Road south of the country club entrance, adding to the golf course landscape to the east and providing natural vistas to the west.
  Lake Kadijah crosses under Medinah Road south of the country club entrance, adding to the golf course landscape to the east and providing natural vistas to the west.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Medinah Primary School has nearly 220 student in kindergarten, first and second grades.
  Medinah Primary School has nearly 220 student in kindergarten, first and second grades.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
Welcome to Medinah. The signs greeting visitors were donated by community residents.
  Welcome to Medinah. The signs greeting visitors were donated by community residents.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The 30-acre Thorndale Park is the heart of the Medinah Park District. It's home to the park district offices in the Connolly Recreation Center as well as five ball fields, tennis and sand volleyball courts, two playgrounds, picnic area, hiking paths and natural areas.
  The 30-acre Thorndale Park is the heart of the Medinah Park District. It's home to the park district offices in the Connolly Recreation Center as well as five ball fields, tennis and sand volleyball courts, two playgrounds, picnic area, hiking paths and natural areas.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
The Shree Swaminarayan Temple, on Irving Park Road near Medinah Road, was the first Swaminarayan temple in North America when it opened in August 1998.
  The Shree Swaminarayan Temple, on Irving Park Road near Medinah Road, was the first Swaminarayan temple in North America when it opened in August 1998.
Christie Willhite | Staff Photographer
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