Creating Home

Square & Compass Promotions
6 min readFeb 6, 2024
Creating Another Home
Creating Another Home

To be a Mason is to be a traveller.

Travelling means creating another home; either a short-term home or (if you return to the same place often enough) a home-away-from-home.

We, at Square & Compass Promotions, in many ways consider ourselves to be professional travellers.

These travels have taken us to many amazing places throughout North America and, if you count virtual travel, throughout the world.

Over the coming weeks, we will be using this platform to discuss highlights of/from these travels, this week, we talk about one such “created home”

If we have a “Created” Masonic Home-Away-From-Home, it’s Glenview Illinois (including Chicago, Illinois)!

I am writing this in Glenview North Motel 6, located steps from the best breakfast in the Chicago area: Elly’s Pancake House.

Also located less than 5 miles from the Glenview Masonic Temple.

Glenview, Illinois may seem like an out-of-the-way village to consider a “created” home (masonic or otherwise) but it is for me.

I would also add that Chicago itself, in much the same way, is a created home.

The circumstances by which it became a created home are accidental…as many of the best things are.

I was looking for a place to go for the Christmas holiday season but, as I was just out of school and did not have a lot of money, I needed to find a cheap place to go.

Being in Windsor (Ontario), I found a very cheap (holiday fare) round-trip bus fare from Detroit, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois.

That took care of travel, but still left accommodations. A quick Google search helped me find a Motel 6 in Glenview, Illinois, which I discovered was a 30-minute train ride to and from Chicago.

This was 2011.

At that time, I was a Freemason…but masonic travel was not something I did regularly.

Instead, I travelled for the enjoyment of it.

I wasn’t surprised to discover how much I loved (and still love) Chicago. It is a beautiful city, filled with amazing architecture, awesome food, great culture (including great stand-up comedy), and friendly people.

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