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New building at Wolf Lake almost ready for visitors

2014-02-19T00:00:00Z New building at Wolf Lake almost ready for visitorsJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
February 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The new building at the Illinois side of Wolf Lake looks quite cool and should open soon to visitors.

A few weeks ago, I spoke to Christopher Rollins, the site superintendent of the William W. Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. He said the visitor center should be ready for the summer season with hopes to open it by the end of the school year so local school children can visit. A grand opening event will take place when the time comes.

He was also excited about a catchable trout program at the park. In the fall, they held the first program of that kind at Wolf Lake and they were lucky enough to be chosen to do the program again in the spring. It will be held the first Saturday in April and participants only need a fishing license and salmon stamp. The trout are raised in the state’s fish hatchery.

“Not many places have it both spring and fall so we’re really glad the agency saw the good turnout we had for fall,” Rollins said. “It’s hard to get on that list so we’re really excited about that.”

If you’re fishing for a summer activity for your kids, check out Hegewisch Babe Ruth League, which has begun registration for the 2014 season. Boys ages 13 to 18 who want to play baseball and live in Hegewisch, East Side and other local neighborhoods can join this Hegewisch tradition that dates back to 1970.

Hegewisch Babe Ruth offers baseball fun all summer and costs $50 to join.

Those who are interested should register their kids from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 22, March 1 or March 8 at Hegewisch Chamber of Commerce, 13330 S. Baltimore Ave.

As a volunteer league, it also needs volunteers to help maintain the field when weather isn’t cooperating.

For information, call (773) 357-6466 or email

Don’t forget the Benefit to Save St. Florian, taking place from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 17800 Lorenz Ave. in Lansing. They have some really great raffle and auction prizes lined up and tickets will also include dinner and a DJ and live music for entertainment. It is sure to be a great evening.

Prizes include a one-week timeshare good for Orlando, Fla., or Las Vegas, Nevada; autographed Paul Konerko baseball, autographed Jay Cutler jersey, authentic Rizzo Cubs jersey, authentic Shaw Blackhawk jersey, authentic Noah Bulls jersey, Chicago White Sox dugout jacket with practice shirt, custom guitar, introductory airplane ride, introductory helicopter ride, two tickets to see Common, minion tutu dress, US99 gift pack with autographed poster and CD, Grillers gift cards, gift certificates to Sure Fire Tattoos, Kacey's Restaurant gift certificates, Doreen 's Pizza gift certificates, two entrees at Taco Tradera, introductory helicopter ride, introductory airplane ride and more.

Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children and free for kids 3 and younger. Advance tickets are being sold through the school. Call (773) 646-2868 or after school hours, call (773) 758-4433.

The benefit will support the Catholic elementary school in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood, which must become financially self-sustaining in order to stay open.

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