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Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Turns out, everything will be OK

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

Do you remember last week when I said that as long as babies are being born, everything will be OK?

Well, everything’s OK. My friend and neighbor, Jennifer, gave birth to an adorable baby boy. His name is Thomas Francis. Welcome to the world, precious little one. May your life be filled with joy and love. May you discover your gifts early in your life and have opportunities to use them to make a difference.

Thomas has actually already made a difference in my life. He decided to arrive early. The day he was born, Jennifer and her daughter, Layla, were going to stop by my house. Baby Thomas changed those plans! Babies come when they are ready.

As I celebrate life, I am also mourning the death of my friend of more than 50 years, Eddie R. He was one of those people you think will always be around. I sure am going to miss him. I couldn’t go to the funeral because it took place out of state. As I was feeling sad about that, I got a text from Jennifer about the birth of her baby. Everything will be OK.

Today (Friday, Oct. 1) is World Smile Day. These days, it’s hard to know if someone is smiling or not because we are all wearing masks. It is also International Coffee Day, so I will focus on that instead. I start each day with a cuppa joe. This truly brings a smile to my face.

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Speaking of Joe, my son recently came home with a delicious al pastor (marinated pork) taco for me and a goat meat taco for himself from Birrieria De La Torre, 6724 S. Pulaski. (West Lawn old-timers may recall the two-story building as the one-time home of the Idle Hour lounge.)

Birrieria De La Torre offers appetizers, soups, a variety of meat and vegetarian main dishes and sides like beans and avocados. They are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. You may eat in or get food to go. They also offer delivery. Call them at (773) 767-6075. The staff can be rather abrupt and challenging to communicate with. Even my Spanish-speaking friends say so. However, the food is worth any hassle you may encounter.

Very close to Birrieria De La Torre is a longtime West Lawn favorite, Lawn Lanes Bowl, 6750 S. Pulaski. They are open mornings and afternoons and don’t close until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

There are fall leagues and open bowling for all ages. They also offer birthday parties, bowling specials, plus food and beverages. Call them at (773) 582-2525.

I got a call from my neighbor, Brenda Quinn (no relation to our wonderful alderman, Marty Quinn). She went to the new Culver’s restaurant, 6541 S. Cicero, on Monday, Sept. 9, their opening day. Brenda was their very first customer.

She said the staff was very nice, and the food is great. Her only suggestion is that Culver’s should have customer rewards for all their customers, and not just the ones with access to the internet. Many people in our neighborhood aren’t able to get Culver’s online coupons. I personally feel that the manager, Kasey Quinn (no relation to Brenda Quinn or Ald. Quinn) should have given Brenda a special treat because she was their very first customer. Just my opinion.

Culver’s is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call them at (773) 585-0559. I am definitely going to visit soon. I really like their food. Guess what? They have pot roast.

Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski, will be presenting the Third Annual Tianguis Bazaar Market Days on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be affordable and also rare handmade items for sale in the atrium near the main lobby. I hope to check it out.

Christmas will be here before you know it. You might find that special, one of a kind gift. If you are a vendor and would like to sell your creations, get in touch with Gardenia Rangel by calling her at (773) 838-0312 or email her at [email protected]

Last week, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture had the honor of a visit from the president of the Republic of Lithuania, Gitanas Nauseda and the First Lady, Diane Nausediene. These special guests were especially interested in the museum’s library of rare books. If you would like to see the museum’s exhibits and collections, visit them at 6500 S. Pulaski. Call (773) 582-6500 for information on days and hours.

The Quinn/Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office, 6500 S. Pulaski, will be offering a document shredding event on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity to make sure you have a safe and secure way to dispose of your documents containing personal information. Just bring your items to the west parking lot. Call for information at (773) 581-8000.

Lots going on in West Lawn. Call me with your news and thoughts.

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