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We recently returned from a family vacation to Gatlinburg, Tenn., where my aunt and uncle celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.
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.
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.
It seems like every year, the Mann Park flea market in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood falls on a Saturday I work.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s time to get out the bikes and hiking shoes for a week of special nature events in our area.
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.
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.
Pretty soon the kids will be out of school and their parents will be looking for activities to keep them busy.
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.
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.
LARC is selling tickets to a rocking fundraiser.
For the Mathews family, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Run to Remember is an important time to be together.
ABC recently announced the new celebrity dancers who will compete on “Dancing with the Stars” and created a buzz like it does every season.
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.
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.
The new building at the Illinois side of Wolf Lake looks quite cool and should open soon to visitors.
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…
The Calumet Memorial Park District is alive with the sounds of music.
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.
As always, I’m inspired by volunteers who work hard in their community to make a difference.
One seventh-grader at St. Florian School has taken action to save the school she loves. Jennifer Dejanovich, a seventh-grader at the Catholic school in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood, started a Facebook page to bring together those who wish to help the school, which is among those to be cl…
It may have seemed like the past few days have been winter fest enough, but another sort of fest is taking place in a few weeks near Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.
Now that it’s a new year, it’s time to plan some educational and healthy activities everyone in the family can enjoy.
As I get older, Christmases from the past start to blend together. They’re a cherished collection of memories, tastes, smells and emotions.
I had a nice chat with Santa Claus during Sunday morning’s Knights of Columbus breakfast at St. Columba in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.
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.
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