With my frequent visits to Chicagoland recently, I've become familiar with much of the area. And one thing I've learned is that many Chicago suburbs have really stupid names. They are so nondescript and generic, it makes it really hard to keep them straight. They appear to be a combination of random nature-y words.
Some examples: Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Oak Brook, Northbrook, Northlake, Northfield, Forest Park, Park Forest, Park Ridge, Lake Forest, Riverwoods, Riverside, Brookfield, Homewood, Glenwood, Crestwood, Elmwood Park, Wood Dale, Streamwood, River Dale, and Woodridge. I swear I'm not making any of these up, and there are countless others.
Don't confuse Forest Park with Park Forest. One's a forest that's a park, the other's a park that's a forest. Duh!
With this in mind, I've devised a simple formula for naming your very own Chicago suburb.
Choose one word from List A:
Oak, Lake, Brook, Forest, Park, River, Home, Crest, Elm, Glen, Villa, Crest, Wood, North, South, East, West
...and one word from List B:
brook, woods, grove, glen, field, view, park, ridge, springs, forest, hills, lawn, dale, port, -worth, -hurst, -burg, -mont, -ton, -ville
...and combine them.
There's your name! You can even use your creative juices to decide if your new suburb is two words (Elm Field) or one (Elmfield)*. Go nuts!
*except for words in List B that start with a dash (-). They can only be one word. :(
For advanced naming, you could also add a word from the bonus List C:
Village, Heights, Terrace, Meadows, Park
Using this formula, I've created such gems as:
Home Hills Heights
Forest Lawn Village
You're welcome, developers!