I had about given up on seeing this.
But Sunday, I remembered one corner of a gravel road near some houses on the border of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. My thought was a corner with houses has a chance of asparagus. And bingo, there was a big patch of the wild stuff growing along a ditch.
This was after I had spent a good bit of time off and on for several weeks cruising the back roads of Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois counties in search of the stuff.
This is late in the year, so I only found one spear. The other stalks had already seeded out. But I will remember the patch for next May.
Don't know why, but I can get obsessive about something like that.