Game Provides Area History Lesson

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), July 11, 1996 | Go to article overview

Game Provides Area History Lesson


Byline: Kim Mikus

Who built the pink mansion on the Cuneo property next to Hawthorn Center in Vernon Hills?

This is just one of the Lake County questions included in a new history/geography game created by Yamin A. Yamin of Lake Bluff. The entire game involves information and stories about the Chicago area.

Players of the game, Chicago Wheelers, will find that Samuel Insull takes the credit for the pastel house, which he built prior to a financial crash around the time of the Depression when he fled to Europe.

Chicago Wheelers is the culmination of thousands of hours of research about the area's past and present. It portrays the successes and failures of a different brand of individuals like Marshall Field, Aaron Montgomery Ward and George M. Pullman, Yamin said.

Yamin, a native of Syria, is a consulting engineer with James Anderson Company. The Deerfield man immigrated to Chicago in 1977. It was at that time his interest in the Windy City and surrounding areas developed.

After spending years researching for the game and putting it all together, he started selling his product this spring.

Events, crime, buildings and people are just some of topics included in the game.

The game board is designed as a map, and each player attempts to place their game pieces on various neighborhoods or counties in the Chicago area in an attempt to capture the territory.

A player reads an informational card, and if another participant is able to add on to the historic fact, they are able to place a game piece. …

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