Well, I’d heard about it, saw signs about it, and now I’ve seen it. Camping in Cal City.

The Cook County Forest Preserve has camping at Shabbona Woods, just off Torrence Avenue.

I did a cursory walk around and found the accommodations pretty nice. Brand new cabins with bunk beds and spots for tent camping. Talked to a young man with his young child (or two) who was there for his second time. Says he really likes the facility. It’s not very big, but a scenic spot in the forest.

Camping in Cal City.

I also wandered over to the new farmers market. Fridays from noon to three in Pulaski Park…across from city hall. It’s not the old Village Farm stand of some years ago, but there was a nice selection of fresh produce…reasonably priced.

Also at the market was Good Burger from Burnham Avenue (the old Dairy Queen) and a barbecue wagon called TK gourmet (some really good rib tips).

The market plans to be open until mid-October.

Saturday, Sept. 18 is the date of the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. It’s at the TF North cafeteria. Park in the gym lot and you can usually get a golf cart ride right to the door.

This is a long-standing event of the Lion Club, which has been rejuvenated the past few years by a youth movement.

The Lions have for over three quarters of a century funded all manner of worthwhile activities in Calumet City.

Treat yourself to great food and great company as you help them continue their great work.

Also on the 18th, is the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce Car Show. The venue is the River Oaks parking lot in front of the west entrance of Macy’s. The time is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’re a car show aficionado, you know the deal. If you’re not, like me, do yourself a favor and check it out. There are a lot of cool and nostalgic cars and some cool (and sometimes nostalgic) people.

And on the 10th of this month, I’ll be hosting St. Victor Trivia at 7:30 at Our Lady of Knock, 501 163rd. Hit me up with any questions.

And people say nothing’s going on in Cal City…

Thanks for reading.

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