Hometown History

Nearly 200 past and present residents of the Saybrook neighborhood gathered to celebrate the memories made over five decades, and the book that brought them all together.

The man behind it all is Todd Andrlik, who after moving into Saybrook about a year ago with his family, noticed there were stories woven deep within the colonial-style homes that came to Naperville in the 1960’s.

“So being a historian myself and somebody who has written several history books, I thought I should do research into this neighborhood and help put together some of the pieces to help put a chronological story of the founding of this neighborhood, and so over the course of the summer of 2015, I started putting together the pieces that ultimately told the story of this neighborhood,” said Andrlik, Author of “Building Saybrook.”

 Through his 80 page book, Andrlik recalls how Saybrook got its start and how the neighborhood continued to shape Naperville’s future.

“Saybrook was the first residential community built in north Naperville, and so it kind of set the tone for all the other neighborhoods that were built in north Naperville, so that’s where you see Saybrook as a trend-setter community,” said Andrlik.

Up until the ‘60’s most homes in Naperville were spread over farms and acres of land, but what subdivisions like Saybrook offered to those coming to the area was hard to turn down.

“This was brand new construction, brand new livable floor plans and they began to have pools, and tennis clubs, and schools were nearby so it was really giving more convenience,” said Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research at Naper Settlement.

“Bebe school was great for our kids, they could walk to school, our grand-kids came to live with us for awhile, and it was really a great experience for us, we just love the comradery with the rest of the families,” said Fred Yndestad, who moved to Saybrook in 1964.

And the location was ideal. With I-88 nearby and major corporations like Bell Labs and Northern Illinois Gas coming to town, housing was key. Saybrook filled that need, and continues to do so today.

“We still live in the house in Greenborough Court, quite a large house for two people, but people have made life-long friendships here, even when people move away, they seem to keep the friendships. I mean you can fly to Florida and visit your friends and they pick up like it was yesterday,” said Ann Potterton, who moved to Saybrook in 1967.

“We’re here to just celebrate Naperville and acknowledge the people who have helped make it special for more than five decades,” said Andrlik.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

 

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