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Gallery: ‘Creepy’ Castle Goes up Downtown

Decoration at Waukegan and Deerfield Roads is hand made by a Chicago artist.

Someone looking for a placed all dressed up for Halloween need go no further than the southwest corner of Deerfield and Waukegan Roads.

For the last 10 years, Diane Dreksler-Sturck of Diane’s Art Studio in Chicago has built the Halloween display at that corner for the owners of the Deerfield Square shopping center. It is not an easy thing to do.

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“Everything is attached in some way,” Dreksler-Sturck said. “They’re nailed, fastened or stitched. They have to endure the elements, the wind, the rain and (everything else about) Chicago.”

All the characters and scenes are made by Dreksler-Sturck or her partner, Eve Butz. The display itself came out of Dreksler-Sturck’s imagination. “It’s a medieval castle, haunted, creepy scene,” she said. “I love the gypsy,” she added referring to a woman with a crystal ball.

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Courtney Lorentz October 22, 2012 at 01:11 PM
You're right: I do have a personal agenda, but it is not religious in nature. I have two young children that walk by the exhibit all the time. But, if the majority of Deerfield likes the exhibit, than so be it. I will concede defeat. So far, however, I have received a lot of support from others in this community.
Courtney Lorentz October 22, 2012 at 01:33 PM
(Typo in last post: "...THEN so be it.") One more thing: I hope my fellow neighbors know that I do not wish to be contentious about such a trivial issue as a Halloween display. And I also hope that if we can't see eye-to-eye about the offensiveness of the display, that we can then agree to disagree. I honestly just thought (perhaps naively) that others would find the display to be as grotesque as I do and would prefer to see something less bloody in such a prominent venue. I will not be posting further about this, because it really is too small of an issue to be deserving of any more of our time. I just wanted to clarify my stance.
DeerfieldResident October 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM
My issue with this display is not the gore. It's just plain ugly. I've hated it for years. It wouldn't be too hard to come up with an attractive fall/Halloween display. Might even cost less. Hope to see something fresh next year.
MR October 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Well this explains the poor Halloween taste: I heard this was decorated from somebody from DES PLAINES. Can you believe it? Almost as bad as Chicago...
Courtney Lorentz October 28, 2012 at 01:59 PM
If you want to sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/crm-properties-group-ltd-and-the-village-of-deerfield-change-the-halloween-display-at-the-corner-of-deerfield-and-waukegan-3

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