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Starved Rock makes great escape from city

From time to time, we city dwellers need to find little escapes. Luckily Illinois offers many beautiful outposts for adventurous day trips.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

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.

July 08, 2014 11:18 pm Photos

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Four St. John siblings earn Scouting's highest honor

Four St. John siblings earn Scouting's highest honor

CALUMET CITY | If you need help building a camp fire or starting a community service project, call the Wojciks.

July 06, 2014 12:00 pm
Scouts find ways to show their patriotism year round

Scouts find ways to show their patriotism year round

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.

July 03, 2014 1:21 pm Photos

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Hero Moms: Military families serve their country

Hero Moms: Military families serve their country

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.

July 02, 2014 11:41 pm Photos

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The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

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.

June 26, 2014 9:23 am Photos

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Cool off with pool time, movie nights

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.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch, other local residents voice frustration about trains

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.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing Historical Walk tells the town's story

Lansing Historical Walk tells the town's story

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 …

June 23, 2014 5:27 pm Photos

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Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

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.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
Wind and Waves: Kite boarders make the most of Lake Michigan's surf

Wind and Waves: Kite boarders make the most of Lake Michigan's surf

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.

June 11, 2014 11:46 am Photos

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Wolf Lake gives son first fishing experience

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.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am
Restorers turn diamonds in the rough to desirable furniture

Restorers turn diamonds in the rough to desirable furniture

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.

June 10, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Brick by brick: LEGO addicts use imaginations to build

Brick by brick: LEGO addicts use imaginations to build

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.

June 08, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Egg-cellent Trend: Chicken coops provide loveable backyard pets and fresh eggs

Egg-cellent Trend: Chicken coops provide loveable backyard pets and fresh eggs

Chicken coops are popping up in Northwest Indiana backyards, part of a growing nationwide trend.

June 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Hegewisch mom petitions for park revamp

Mann Park has been the hub of Hegewisch for decades but some say the aging facilities could use a face-lift.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch cleanup planned for June 7 around Avenue K

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.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Plan to clean up, learn, play in June

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.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am
Live to 100 Mom!: Cycling classes provide productive workout for all ages and skill levels

Live to 100 Mom!: Cycling classes provide productive workout for all ages and skill levels

Women of all ages and skill levels can get in shape at their own pace with cycling classes.

May 11, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Get outdoors to celebrate nature

It’s time to get out the bikes and hiking shoes for a week of special nature events in our area.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am
Fun at the Zoo: Area zoos offer unique, exotic experiences for families

Fun at the Zoo: Area zoos offer unique, exotic experiences for families

Families who love visiting the zoo have plenty to look forward to this summer. In addition to spending time with animals, they can sign up for special events and plan to experience temporary exhibits opening for the summer season.

May 01, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Sign up for spring activities

A few weeks ago, my father-in-law attended a class on Hegewisch genealogy at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library. He is already a big genealogy buff but said he picked up a few tips from the presenter and that a good-sized crowd came out to the event.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am
Golden-Ks enjoy food, fellowship at annual get-together

Golden-Ks enjoy food, fellowship at annual get-together

I was sad that my family was not able to make it to the Lansing Golden-K Kiwanis Club’s chili supper this month, but I have received word the annual celebration at the Eisenhower Center in Lansing was a big success.

April 23, 2014 12:00 am
A green clean: Consumers demand more eco-friendly, toxin-free cleaning products

A green clean: Consumers demand more eco-friendly, toxin-free cleaning products

Store shelves and Pinterest boards are filled with ideas when it comes to household cleaners.

April 19, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Orthopedics and innovation: How technology helps patients recover

James Murphy, a third generation orthopedic surgeon, has seen firsthand how improvements in technology impact patient care.

April 16, 2014 4:51 pm
Survivor Spotlight: Bariatric gives teacher a new lease on life

Survivor Spotlight: Bariatric gives teacher a new lease on life

As a middle school math teacher, Jeannine Wolfe knows about numbers and hers were not adding up to good health.

April 16, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Summer camps offer enrichment for kids

Pretty soon the kids will be out of school and their parents will be looking for activities to keep them busy.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
Easter bunnies: Rabbits should not be given as gifts, but make good pets for committed owners

Easter bunnies: Rabbits should not be given as gifts, but make good pets for committed owners

This time of year rabbits hop to the center of attention as humane educators work to dispel the idea that bunnies and chicks make good gifts for children on Easter morning.

April 12, 2014 10:45 pm Photos

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Schererville native finds worldwide success with digital strategy agency

Schererville native finds worldwide success with digital strategy agency

Having a bestselling book published in paperback is another accomplishment Schererville native Amy Webb can add to her long list of successes.

April 12, 2014 12:00 pm
Local events keep Easter Bunny hopping

Local events keep Easter Bunny hopping

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was hopping this Sunday in Hegewisch. The General Pulaski Knights of Columbus 3223 served up its annual tradition with plenty of eggs, French toast and pancakes to satisfy hungry attendees.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

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.

April 08, 2014 9:23 am Photos

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Keeping lawn and garden care simple for safety

Keeping lawn and garden care simple for safety

Children and pets love the outdoors, making it important to take the proper safety precautions with gardening and lawn care. With the influx of organic products on the market and a shift toward more natural solutions, gardeners are finding more "green" options for their green thumbs.

April 03, 2014 9:30 am

Plenty of spring events around town

As Chicagoans, we often take for granted how many great options we have in our own backyard. Our museums, zoos and theaters are among the best in the country and our skyline definitely rivals any in the world.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
LARC hosting fundraiser on Aug. 8

LARC hosting fundraiser on Aug. 8

LARC is selling tickets to a rocking fundraiser.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am
Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

High schoolers look forward to spring as a time for prom, time for baseball and time to sing. Spring musicals fill local school auditoriums with song and dance, showcasing the triple threat for students who can act, sing and dance.

March 23, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Financial aid resources help students get ahead on college loans

Financial aid resources help students get ahead on college loans

Financial aid forms and deadlines can stress out students, but with the right resources, they can navigate the system with ease.

March 21, 2014 1:19 pm
The classroom in the digital age: Social media and education

The classroom in the digital age: Social media and education

Social media grew on college campuses and continues to thrive there. Students use it for everything from staying connected with friends to discussing homework. In some classes, they are also learning how social media rules and strategies will apply when they enter the workforce.

March 21, 2014 12:58 pm
Run unites fallen police officer’s family

Run unites fallen police officer’s family

For the Mathews family, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Run to Remember is an important time to be together.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

Local dancers need place to kick up feet

ABC recently announced the new celebrity dancers who will compete on “Dancing with the Stars” and created a buzz like it does every season.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

In times of turmoil, a man often feels like he is supposed to be strong and know what to do.

March 09, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Hegewisch comes together to save St. Florian

Hegewisch pride is running high this week thanks to the great news that St. Florian School will remain open. This neighborhood, which may be considered small compared to many of its Chicago counterparts, is never lacking in the size of its heart.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

St. Florian School in Hegewisch to remain open

CHICAGO | St. Florian School in the Hegewisch neighborhood will stay open, according to parents and a letter from the Archdiocese of Chicago posted on the school’s website and Facebook page Friday night.

February 28, 2014 7:31 pm

Lots to do in March as springtime nears

I think we are all ready to say goodbye to February and look forward to springtime. March gets us one step closer and it seems a lot of new activities are sprouting up next month.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
New building at Wolf Lake almost ready for visitors

New building at Wolf Lake almost ready for visitors

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

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

Celebrating winter birthdays at Field Museum

Two big birthdays happened in the past few weeks. I turned 35 and the little guy turned 2. You may recall that 35 years ago was the winter of 1978 to ’79, another miserable winter that my mom and many local meteorologists have referred to lately. Two years ago, the winter was nice and mild e…

February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Principal: St. Florian nearing goals, needs 'extra push’

CHICAGO | Fundraising and enrollment at St. Florian School in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood are on the rise but help is still needed, Principal Krista Wilkinson said.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
Park district programs hit high note

Park district programs hit high note

The Calumet Memorial Park District is alive with the sounds of music.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am
Ice fishing lures anglers to Wolf Lake

Ice fishing lures anglers to Wolf Lake

A little frigid weather can’t stop ice fishermen. Even as temps were dipping below zero on Monday, they were dipping their lines into Wolf Lake waiting for a nibble.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am

St. Florian fundraising buys time

CHICAGO | Operation Save St. Florian has raised more than $100,000 in two weeks, enough to give supporters and school officials the opportunity to continue their efforts.

January 24, 2014 10:02 pm
Volunteers help St. Florian, Lansing Golden-K Club

Volunteers help St. Florian, Lansing Golden-K Club

As always, I’m inspired by volunteers who work hard in their community to make a difference.

January 22, 2014 12:00 am
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