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Driving home through downtown Hegewisch the other night, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful it looked with snow on the ground. I saw Christmas lights on the Baltimore Avenue streetlights and painted winter scenes on the grocery store windows.
Buying toys for kids and seeing their faces as they open their gifts is one of the best parts of Christmas. Even though my son has plenty of toys, it was hard to resist buying the Little People airplane, the Thomas the Tank Engine train set and the Mickey Mouse ball pit.
The Lansing Golden-K Kiwanis Club recently celebrated its 34th annual awards banquet at J.J. Kelley's Restaurant, 2455 Bernice Road in Lansing.
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.
Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for November and all the wonderful food and activities in store for us. If you didn’t get enough tricks and treats at Halloween, check out Timothy Tegge, a Midwestern magician and comedian coming to town.
People always want to know about the casket on our front lawn.
Taking a tour of St. Florian School was a trip down memory lane for 30 alumni who recently reunited for the first time in 15 years.
Shiny chrome, spinning wheels and sassy tunes filled our weekend as we attended car shows Saturday and Sunday.
During our morning walk on Monday, my son and I stopped at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library. There was a special story time going on and the kids were loving it as the storyteller told of a ghost chase. The attendees ran in place, laughed and clapped along with her.
Put yourself into fest mode because it’s officially time to celebrate fall. We’ve already started to make our rounds, visiting the apple orchard, working on Halloween costumes and planning a trip to the pumpkin patch. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve when it comes to keeping the Hall…
While driving through Lansing and Hegewisch this weekend, I spotted members of different Knights of Columbus groups handing out Tootsie Rolls and collecting donations. They walked along the cars at popular intersections or stood in front of busy stores, spending their free time to help others.
It’s always nice to hear from my friends at the Lansing Golden-K Club. They recently sent me some news to share with my readers.
The calendar is filling up quickly thanks to lots of local car shows and fundraisers.
We have successfully checked off most of the adventures on our summer bucket list and even managed to sneak in a few extras.
When you have a kid, you spend a lot of time outdoors whether you like it or not. It seems like not event bugs, heat, rain or barking dogs can deter little people from wanting to explore the outside world on a daily basis. I’m not much of an outdoors girl but thanks to my son, my arms are sp…
There have been quite a few times this summer when our nights out transported us back in time.
When school is out for the summer, there are always more activities for kids. Of course, that also means a lot more kids running around and longer lines.
A plane flies over Hegewisch about every five minutes. If you’ve never spent a Chicago morning watching the sky, listening for that rumble of a jet engine, you’ll just have to trust me. I’m kind of an expert on our city’s flight patterns these days.
When you have a little one, it can be hard to stay up to date on the lives of friends, family and celebrities. It’s great to connect with a letter, social event or online to find out the latest news.
Moving to Chicago from Northwest Indiana took some adjusting. One of the hardest parts for me has been the proximity of houses. When I went in my childhood backyard wearing pajamas or mismatched socks, no one saw me. But in my Hegewisch neighborhood, the neighbors’ yards and ours are much cl…
“These are kid-friendly chickens,” my brother-in-law said, “the golden retrievers of chickens.” I started to laugh but I was also interested in learning more about the new feathered nieces I was getting.
Wisconsin Dells has the best of many worlds as we found out during a recent two-night visit. At only three-plus hours from Hegewisch and with a special last-minute deal at a water park resort, it made for a perfect mini-family getaway.
South Suburban Humane Society staff members have been working their tails off to save more animals’ lives and win the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge.
If you haven’t been to the Museum of Science and Industry in the past few years, this is a great time to revisit an old friend.
Considering what an industrious and modern city Chicago is, I’ve always been confused as to why we have had no curbside recycling in Hegewisch since I’ve lived here. This month that is finally changing.
June just kicked off, and I’ve already checked one thing off my summer bucket list. Last week we visited Fair Oaks Farms, a family-friendly adventure center about an hour away in Indiana.
If you’ve always wanted to know more about the history of the Southeast Side, you should check out an upcoming documentary screening.
Next time I ride the South Shore from my Hegewisch neighborhood to downtown Chicago, I will take a closer look at the Van Buren Street station.
Life starts to move outdoors this time of year and many local nature-themed events this weekend can help keep you busy.
It’s always exciting to open a real letter. It’s even better when you recognize the handwriting on the envelope and feel instantly happy, like I did a few weeks ago when I found a letter in my mailbox from my old friend Ray Scahill.
It’s the first day of May and it finally feels like summer, that great time of year when our minds drift to warm weather and daydreams about all the fun in store in the next few months.
“We are now traveling at a speed of 100 miles per hour,” the conductor announced as our Amtrak train sailed toward Springfield, Ill.
Frank Sinatra sang in the background as chatter, laughter and good vibes filled the room at LARC's annual appreciation dinner Friday night.
Indiana and Illinois seem to have an ongoing feud over which state can claim Abraham Lincoln.
I have already started crafting my summer bucket list and it includes some day trips to local Chicago hot spots like Brookfield Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry.
There’s a secret to getting a great photo of your kid with the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse. I just haven’t figured it out yet.
Our household had its first confirmed case of the flu last week and I was the sufferer, or the culprit depending on how you look at it.
Parents, students and staff at Marian Catholic came together last weekend to stun guests at their Evening of Excellence Senior Showcase.
By now I’m sure you have read or heard that Sears in River Oaks Center is scheduled to close in June. Last week I wrote a column that mentioned Siam Marina restaurant pulling out of its River Oaks location to move to Tinley Park.
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.
As a devoted fan of Valentine’s Day, I’ve faced my share of Valentine haters. I can’t imagine not loving a day devoted to hearts and the color pink and candy. That’s like not loving puppies or rainbows, but to each his own.
Watching segments of the Screen Actors Guild award show got me to thinking about local drama and how lucky we are to have so much of it.
When my son was a newborn, it didn’t take much to make me cry. One day it was a commercial for baby laundry detergent that said, “You have a child forever, but a baby for just one year.” Until that moment, I hadn’t realize the term “baby” had an expiration date.
Baby books are painful to read out loud when you’re a writer. The stories lack cohesion, the wording is awkward and don’t even get me started on the lack of punctuation.
Welcome to 2013. Here are my grand plans for the year.
It’s always uplifting to learn that one of your favorite businesses also invests its energy into its community.
Christmas is the season of love, and I have loved sharing it with my 11-month-old son. He’s at the age where he’s dazzled by Christmas lights, screams at the sight of Santa, and uses his teeth to rip open his Christmas presents before I can even finish wrapping them.
A few weeks ago my co-worker called me in a panic. “Jen! How do we turn off the Christmas music?” Our regularly programmed radio station had begun its nonstop Christmas-a-thon and my co-workers just weren’t ready. I explained how to turn off the station, but secretly I couldn’t wait until ne…
If you’re on the lookout for Santa Claus, I have the inside scoop on some of the places he might pop up this weekend.
When we went to high school dances, the DJs would always play “That’s what friends are for” toward the end of the night.
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