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Darien is a city in DuPage County, Illinois, USA. The population was 22,860 at the 2000 census. A suburb of Chicago, Darien was named after a town in Connecticut.

The town motto is "A nice place to live" which coincidentally is the same town motto as Hill Valley from the Back to the Future movies. The same nativity set used in the movie Home Alone can be seen at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Noted clown Brett Beardsley grew up in Darien.

The first people to settle here came form the New England states. They traveled here via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. Among the first to arrive was the Thomas Andrus family. They settled along an old stagecoach line which was roughly where I-55 was in 1835. Mr. Andrus opened up the Andrus Inn which served the 15 stage coaches that traveled the stagecoach line. Andrus Inn was located right about the entrance to Carriage Way West Subdivision. The Inn included a tavern and a post office and Mr. Andrus named the area Cass. He was Justice of the Peace and served as the Town Clerk, Assessor and County Commissioner. His son, Edger, would ride his horse to the Illinois and Michigan Canal and swim across to get to the mail.

Thomas Andrus and Father Beggs built the First Cass Church, which was a log cabin design.

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The church's cemetery, located west of where the church stood (west of Baily Road and north of Frontage Road), can still be seen today. The church was also used as a school house. Elisha and Eliza Smart settled here in 1838 with their 10 children. Elisha got gold fever and left for California, returning 7 years later as a very rich man. He bought more land and the Smart family donated the land on which a new Cass Church was built in 1870. John and Hannah Oldfield came to Cass in 1850. Mr. Oldfield raised cattle and increased his land holdings to 2000 acres. Franklin Blanchard opened his cheese factory in 1881 — the location of the cheese factory being where McDonalds is today. Martin Madden was an Irish immigrant who arrived at the Cass area during the late 1800s. He became a member of the Chicago City Council and later was elected to the House of Representatives and served in the United States Congress.

In 1903, Mr. Madden built a home to look like the White House in Washington D.C. he called it Castle Eden. Today Castle Eden is part of the Aylesford Retreat Center of the Carmelite Fathers. A group of German Lutherans from Europe came to the area near 67th and Clarendon Hills Road in 1859. They built the first St. John Lutheran Church and laid out the cemetery behind the church. Today the cemetery is still located at 67th and Clarendon Hills Road. In 1899, a new church was built on the northeast corner of Cass and 75th Street. The Church was located where the Taco Bell and Buona Beef Restaurant now stand. In 1969, the second church was torn down and the present St. John's Lutheran Church was built west of Cass and north of 75th Street. Salerno's went out of business A school was built on the northwest corner of Cass and 75th street in 1860. It was the first Lace School. It is now a museum which is open on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

By 1890, the Village of Lace was established. The important location at that time was the triangle bordered by Cass Avenue, Plainfield Road and 75th Street. It was called "The Point". The Point included the Town Hall, General Store, Blacksmith Shop and the office of Dr. Roe. A Post Office had been established at The Point in 1884. The City of Darien was originally part of these two communities — Lace and Cass. The idea to incorporate came from a desire of some of the residents of four subdivisions to unite into one city. Those subdivisions were Marion Hills, Brookhaven, Farmingdale and Hinsbrook. The City of Darien was incorporated in 1969. When the incorporation committee reached an impasse on an acceptable name for the new city, Acting mayor Sam Kelly suggested the name "Darien". (Kelly had visited Darien, Connecticut, and found it to be a very pleasant and attractive community.) Today, Darien is known as "A Nice Place to Live". Darien in Illinois is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable; Darien in Connecticut is pronounced with the accent on the last syllable


Illinois Cities in Which We Have Performed Wedding Photography
Below is a partial list of cities in which we have performed wedding photography:
Arlington Heights
Downers Grove
Elk Grove Village
Glen Ellyn
Lake Forest
Long Grove
New Lenox
Oak Park
Oak Brook
Orland Park
Palos Hills
St. Charles
Tinley Park
Villa Park
West Chicago
Willow Springs
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The town of Darien, Illinois is one of our most favorite towns in which to capture wedding photography. The beautiful town of Darien gives us many opportunities to perform our photojournalist wedding style as well as traditional wedding style of photography.

In addition to Darien, other favorite towns we have enjoyed performing wedding photography in include: Chicago, Naperville, Joliet, Schaumburg, Oakbrook and Lombard.

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