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Hegewisch proved you can fight city hall

2013-11-13T00:00:00Z Hegewisch proved you can fight city hallJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
November 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

There’s something for everyone happening in Hegewisch the next few weeks. Whether you love a good meal or learning about local history, we’ve got you covered.

My neighbors asked me to remind my readers of a spaghetti dinner taking place this weekend. Hosted by the General Pulaski Council 3323 Knights of Columbus, the dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Columba Social Center, 13323 S. Greenbay Ave. in Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood.

Dine on all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs with meat sauce, salad, bread and butter, dessert, coffee and milk.

It will cost $8 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and younger.

Before I ever even knew Hegewisch existed, it was making news. Back in the '90s, local residents rallied to stop the city from building an airport over the neighborhoods where we live today.

A program called The Lake Calumet Area Airport Plan, 20-plus years later, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library, 3048 E. 130th St.

During this free event, you will hear local historians and authors Cynthia Ogorek and Rod Sellers along with other speakers. They will talk about the Lake Calumet Plan that would have wiped out Hegewisch, Burnham and parts of the East Side and Calumet City.

Local neighbors and activists who helped derail the plan will speak. Audience participation is encouraged.

I emailed Sellers to inquire about the event and he said his presentation will review the history of the Lake Calumet Airport from the events leading up to the initial official announcement by Mayor Daley in February 1990 until he withdrew the plan in July 1992.

Ogorek will focus on reaction to the airport in Hegewisch and nearby communities.

“I think that people should come out to see that you can fight city hall,” Sellers wrote.

There will be memorabilia on display from the airport battles including signs, posters, T-shirts, buttons and news articles. Audience members can also bring their own memorabilia.

Refreshments will be served.

The event is presented by the Calumet Heritage Partnership, The Calumet Ecological Park Association, Southeast Chicago Historical Society and Southeast Environmental Task Force.

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