Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Kicking back in Marquette Park

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Kayla and I went over to Marquette Park last Friday afternoon to check out Summer Kickbacks. This event, geared toward families, includes food, drinks and games. The Southwest Organizing Project has partnered with the Lightfoot Administration and the Chicago Park District to put on these summer community get-togethers.

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Even though it was pretty hot and muggy, we had a good time playing jumbo Connect 4, jumbo Jenga and Bags, while others tossed around a football and played soccer.

In the meantime, members of the Youth and Safety groups at SWOP were busy grilling burgers and hot dogs for everyone and setting up the summer dinner. Carletta Pittman was in charge of the event, which is not a one-time shot. It will be held every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. inside the park at 69th and California. Stop by any Friday from now until the end of August for a burger and play a game. Bring the kids with, and let your neighbors know.

St. Rita of Cascia Parish is holding a four-week summer camp where kids can learn and enjoy various activities, such as planting flowers, playing sports, DIYs, painting, tie-dye shirts, chalk art and guitar lessons. This also offers a chance to improve on their talents to serve others.

Camp is for ages 9-12 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $40 per child for the first two and $20 for the third. There will be an extra charge for the optional field trip planned to Lincoln Park Zoo. For more information, contact the office at (773) 434-9600.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m. when the Goodman Theatre presentation of Zulema comes to Marquette Park. The free performance follows young Zulema as she zig-zags from her home in Chiapas to Chicago. The musical journey is fit for the entire family.

Chicago Lawn United Methodist Church was first established in 1890, making it the oldest congregation in Chicago Lawn. They have survived the current pandemic and kept their Jesus Christ Food Pantry open throughout. They tell me they serve more than 150 families each week on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

The original church that sat on the corner of 63rd Place and St. Louis caught fire back in 1947 and burned to the ground. Immediately, plans were put in the works to erect a new building. Those plans took four years to fulfill, which makes the current building just 70 years young. The house of worship has been kept up over the years, but as we all know at 70 years young, some repairs crop up that need attention.

Marcelle Wilkins who has been a long-time supporter of the Chicago Lawn Historical Society and a lay leader at Chicago Lawn UMC, tells us the church has received donated roofing material and a church member and his company have started replacing the roofs over the sanctuary, Sunday school and parsonage which have needed attention for some time.

The congregation has gotten smaller over the years, but they continue to serve and reach out to the community. They are asking for donations to help pay the men who are doing the work. Any amount, big or small, will help out.

The congregation has been worshipping every Sunday since Easter at 11 a.m. Marcelle, along with Lay Minister Rosa Garcia and Treasurer Theresa Moreno invite all of us to stop in and visit. They assure us there will be a warm welcome.

Now back to the 1980s. Last week, John P. asked if we remembered the name of the Chevrolet dealer on the southeast corner of Marquette and Western. He knew the answer because he bought his Camaro Z28 there in 1986. After talking to several of you, I found out that over the years there were several different dealerships with the Chevy ticket on that corner. The one John was looking for was Haggerty.

Let’s stay in the same time frame of, say, 1985 to 1990 roughly. Mary S. suggested this one. We are going to stop at 3324 W. 63rd St. for dinner. It is a popular place. Having moved there from their original location at 63rd and California, at the new location you didn’t have to bring your own drinks. Where do you suppose we were going?

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