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Life-size Monopoly game event to benefit old jail

The former Kendall County jail building, constructed in 1893 in downtown Yorkville with an addition in 1960, is poised to be demolished by the city as a group of residents makes an eleventh-hour appeal to save the building.
The former Kendall County jail building, constructed in 1893 in downtown Yorkville with an addition in 1960, is poised to be demolished by the city as a group of residents makes an eleventh-hour appeal to save the building.

Businesses or individuals interested in helping save the Old Kendall County Jail at 111 W. Madison St. in downtown Yorkville are invited to buy a board square or participate in a game when the Yorkville Historic Preservation Society hosts a series of life-size Monopoly games later this month.

A life-size Monopoly game board will be set up from 1 to 6 p.m. in front of the old jail later this month. The society is selling playing squares on the board for a $100 donation, and will place business advertising in purchased spaces. Up to nine participants can play a half-hour game for a fee of $12. People who find themselves sent to jail will have to pay a $50 bail or miss two turns and then purchase a get-out-of jail card for $25.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in “player-piece” costumes, and the winning costume wearer will get a prize. Winners of each round will be awarded half the admission fee, up to $64. The event also will feature food trucks and children’s activities. The society also is looking for local music or gymnastic groups who would like to perform that day, according to society board member Robyn Sutcliff, who is organizing the event.

Call Sutcliff at 630-207-2366 to sign up or for more information on the event. A sign-up sheet for game times also will be available on the Society Facebook page GoDirectlyToJail. The Yorkville Historic Preservation Society, which has until Oct. 9 to present the Yorkville City Council with a proposal on how the building can be renovated and preserved without using taxpayer dollars, is affiliated with the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations can be made to the Society on the Foundation website at communityfoundationfrv.gov.

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