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While some Chicagoans may struggle with finding nature, Hegewisch residents are lucky to be surrounded by it. At times, though, even we travel outside our backyard in search of new adventures.
Tucked into a corner of Cabela's in Hammond, the General Store sells food products packaged in pretty jars and gift-ready boxes. But most customers gravitate to a large counter enclosed in glass and filled with fudge.
The No. 1 selling fudge at Hammond Cabela’s is Turtle Cheesecake.
Cabela’s confectioners Paula Wagila and Angie Rodriguez have invented new fudge flavors since the store opened nearly seven years ago. All Cabela’s locations make their own fudge on site.
Hoosier Daddy and Caramel Apple are two popular fudge recipes created by employees at the Hammond Cabela’s. The No. 1 seller is Turtle Cheesecake.
As student demand for online courses and degrees continues to grow, local schools are working hard to recruit students.
With concern about rising student debt and shrinking job prospects post graduation, many local colleges are working hard to show students the value of a good education.
Don’t forget that Fall into Wolf Lake continues throughout the week at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 S. Avenue O in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. This outdoor expo is sponsored by local Calumet area organizations and all events are free.
A Northwest Indiana mental health specialist knows the positive effect a pet can have on clients.
CHICAGO | Canoeing adventures, a fishing derby, a farmers market and more will take place at Wolf Lake next week as part of a special event hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
It seems like every year, the Mann Park flea market in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood falls on a Saturday I work.
College professors and students agree that while online courses have their challenges, they also have many benefits.
Our dog has cancer. Within two weeks, we found a strange growth, learned from a biopsy that it was cancer, had it removed and then found out it is an aggressive cancer that typically will claim a dog’s life in four to seven months.
When neighbors see Janet Small walking her pet iguana, Peetreaona, they often greet her with surprised expressions, then ask to take Peetreaona's picture or see what she feels like.
CHICAGO | To help toddlers form an early bond with nature, Lincoln Park Zoo has launched a new nature exploration program designed specifically for them.
The parents, faculty and students at St. Florian School have been inspiring with their positive attitude and hard work.
Students may have school to keep them busy now, but there are also plenty of fall activities at local park districts and forest preserves to entertain them after the bell rings. Even parents with little ones too young for school can find fun local activities to enjoy together.
CHICAGO | Classes started Monday morning at St. Florian School in Hegewisch, seven months after the school had been slated for closure by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The staff at the Methodist Hospital GERD Center hopes that patients are finding permanent relief after having an incision free procedure the hospital introduced four years ago.
A new method of treating thoracic aortic aneurysms means better outcomes for patients like Olivia Browder, of Schererville, and the 15,000 other Americans affected by them annually.
Your mother was so right when she told you to eat your vegetables.
Expectant moms have a lot of choices. Picking out a crib and baby clothes may be fun, but she also faces many choices when it comes to pain management during her pregnancy and labor. While some choose natural birth, others opt for IV pain medication or epidurals for labor pain.
The specter and eventuality of loss are always there, hovering and waiting to pounce and engulf us causing grief—pain, anguish and an overwhelming sense of never having again what we once had.
Most couples in their 30s can't say they saw Elvis on their first date, but my husband and I can. In 2007, we went on our first date to see an Elvis tribute artist perform in Lansing. I covered the event for The Times. These days, I'm still writing and we are still checking out Elvis shows.
Start your engines and drive to Lansing for a special car cruise taking place this weekend.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a very useful engine, and a very popular one. The fictional blue steam engine hails from the Island of Sodor on his popular show “Thomas & Friends” but also can be found throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area.
It has been almost 10 years since I started writing Illinois community news and yet there is always more to learn about those who do good work in the community and how they do it.
The reopening of Blue Top Drive-in in Highland brought out a large crowd last week, proof that there’s a bit of old car nostalgia in all of us. Many car enthusiasts and classic car owners can also be found throughout the south suburbs the rest of this summer as they attend local car shows an…
SOUTH HOLLAND | Special movie stars coming to town next week are part of a happy story for Family Christian Store, which community members saved from closure earlier this year.
My family’s summer days are flying by and have been filled with backyard playtime, trips to the local parks and a few mini adventures.
CHICAGO | As St. Florian School readies to open its doors for a new school year Aug. 25, school officials are hoping for continued success in fundraising and increased enrollment.
The coming weeks will bring fun and informative events for all ages. Whether you are interested in food, art or jazz, there is something for you.
From time to time, we city dwellers need to find little escapes. Luckily Illinois offers many beautiful outposts for adventurous day trips.
Grant Park will soon buzz with locals and tourists blending together to make the food festival of all food festivals known as Taste of Chicago.
CALUMET CITY | If you need help building a camp fire or starting a community service project, call the Wojciks.
Whether throwing a special party for veterans or carrying the American flag in a parade, local Boy Scouts show their patriotism through good deeds and positive attitudes.
When it comes to loving a hero, Winfield mom Jen Sanders knows the drill. First a Marine’s wife and now she a Marine’s mom, she knows first hand the struggles and joys of loving someone serving his country.
There are greener options than grass when it comes creating a beautiful landscape. Groundcover and other earth friendly textiles are gaining popularity as home owners and landscape designers seek to reduce their carbon footprint while still enjoying variety in their outdoor space.
Calumet Memorial Park District will present a showing of “The LEGO movie” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Come out to Sandridge Park, 600 Oglesby Ave. in Calumet City for a free outdoor movie night. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
CHICAGO | Residents from Hegewisch and other nearby neighborhoods spoke passionately about their frustrations with increasing train traffic during a community meeting Tuesday night at St. Columba Social Center in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.
LANSING | On Monday night, Paul Schultz continued what has become a 30-year tradition of leading the Lansing Historical Walk down Ridge Road. With cars going by and tidbits flying, a large group of attendees surrounded Schultz as he told stories of Lansing families throughout the years. The …
With her positive attitude and bubbly personality, Jameria Smith sounds like a typical 24-year-old talking about her goals. It's the obstacles she faces with determination and hope that set her apart.
When Michael Szromba and his buddies get together to kite board, a crowd of onlookers is usually nearby watching in awe as they put on their own type of air and water show.
We took advantage of Illinois’ free fishing days this past weekend by visiting Hegewisch’s Wolf Lake where our 2-year-old son reeled in the first fish of what's sure to be an illustrious fishing career.
In the hands of furniture restorers, anything is possible. Damaged tables find new life. Old baseboards meet their match. Home owners find the furniture loves of their life.
Four-year-old Westin Hahn's love of LEGOs inspired his family to throw him a LEGO themed birthday party complete with a LEGO brick cake and custom centerpieces, gift bags and balloons put together by mom, Alina.
Chicken coops are popping up in Northwest Indiana backyards, part of a growing nationwide trend.
Mann Park has been the hub of Hegewisch for decades but some say the aging facilities could use a face-lift.
A community cleanup effort planned in Hegewisch offers a great opportunity for neighbors to work together to keep our town great. This upcoming one just happens to be organized by a friend of mine, who also calls Hegewisch home.
I just returned from a trip to Florida and am still readjusting to real life back in Chicago. Luckily, there are many upcoming events in June to get me back into the swing of the Windy City.
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