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Finding rays of sunshine in chilly hometown

2013-02-20T00:00:00Z Finding rays of sunshine in chilly hometownJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
February 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

My family just returned home from beautiful Florida, and I am proud to say that I can now add taking a 1-year-old on a plane to my mommy experiences.

I have to admit that our son did much better than I anticipated with only a few minutes here and there of crying and whining. He didn’t seem to mind the plane or the pressure in his ears, but he was not a fan of the car seat restraints and would get antsy to get out.

Aside from the airport stresses, this was the most laid back of any vacation we’ve ever taken. No matter where we travel, my husband I usually hit up theme parks or some other attraction every day and run from morning to night. This time was more about practicing my son’s new motor skills by letting him meander around the resort, play in the kiddie pool and make sure to be back in the room in time for a nap. The change of pace and change of weather was a much needed break for us.

We flew home Saturday and as I waited at the plane gate for our stroller to be brought up,. I had fun watching and listening to passengers as they exited the plane and hit the ice cold air that is Chicago. There were shivers as many of them, including myself, were still wearing sandals and T-shirts. There was one guy who jokingly tried to run back to the plane for another vacay, and there were lots of comments about getting back to reality. I too was feeling my usual post-vacation letdown.

But later as I walked down the Midway Airport halls, I heard something that reminded me why I love it here. I heard one employee helping out another and they were talking in thick Chicago accents. It may be a cold city but it’s a friendly one too.

In other news, I was sad to come home and read that one of my favorite local restaurants, Siam Marina in Calumet City, is moving to Tinley Park. The final day at River Oaks will be Feb. 26.

You can say farewell during the last martini tasting at this location taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The Margaret Murphy Quartet will be the last band to perform here. It costs $22.

The restaurant’s Hasta La Vista event is from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22. Come reminisce with others.

The restaurant was recently featured on Chicago's Best Belly Warmers episode where hosts highlighted its coconut and hot and sour soups. The episode ran Jan. 13 and is still being shown on CLTV.

You can also see it on Youtube here:

Calumet City has lost one great dining option but at least fish fry season has started so we can have other dinner options for a while. American Legion Post 330, 950 Legion Drive in Calumet City, will host a fish fry starting at 4 p.m. Friday. I’ve been to this fish fry and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dine on cod, perch, shrimp or chicken tender dinners, with coleslaw, fries, roll and butter, coffee and dessert.

They continue every Friday through March 29.

For information, call (708) 852-8685.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. She can be reached at

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