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Well, an empty space is being filled.

The former Sports Authority store in Calumet City is in the process of becoming a U-Haul facility.

Sports Authority went bankrupt this year. It’s certainly not the only business, nor the last, to do so as retailers struggle to survive or reinvent themselves in this age of cyber buying.

It’s good for Cal City as, for so long, the city has been dependent on retail for much of its tax revenue.

I also hear that the auto parts store next to Auto Zone on Torrence (was the last iteration of it Forrest Auto?) is going to become another furniture store.

Hopefully these businesses experience success.

Another business opened not long ago in a long time Cal City iconic location - the former Nowak, then Hennessey/Nowak, then Dignity funeral home.

It is now the Wheatley Funeral Home LLC. I accidentally met Mr. Wheatley as he was introducing himself and his business to our pastor at St. Victor.

I was in a bit of quandary as how to wish him success in his business. I think I said I hope he gets business, but not too much. And I think he responded by letting me know that it’s good to take care of some things in advance.



  • Calumet Memorial Park District and the City will again hold a tree lighting ceremony on at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. It starts at City Hall and concludes at Memorial Park. Santa, reindeer, hot chocolate, music, and yes…fireworks. Nothing starts the holiday season like blowing stuff up.
  • The park district foundation is sponsoring a senior prom called Winter Wonderland. It’s for real live seniors ages 55 and better, not those seniors you find in schools. Refreshments, live music, king and queen, the whole deal. It’s on Dec. 9 at the Sandridge Center from noon til four. This should be pretty cool. Call Char at the park for more details (708 868 2530 ext. 127).

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