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Michael Martella

Michael Martella

Economic dev. coordinator | Village of Winnetka | Class of 2008

As views for upperclassmen go, you couldn’t beat the one Michael Martella had from the house he lived in at Fifth and Stoughton.

“I could see the sign for Joe’s Brewery from the kitchen window,” says Martella (Class of 2008), now the economic development coordinator for the Chicago suburb of Winnetka. “Needless to say, all of the bars were a short walk but none shorter than Joe’s and with $2-you-call-its every night, it always made for a fun time. 

“Our house at Fifth and Stoughton was a gem in itself. Old, super cheap and pretty crappy, but some of the best memories of my life took place there over two years. It had five bedrooms and only one bathroom on the second floor, and a creepy cobblestone basement.

“I still drive by every time I visit.”