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Kathy Headley

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Monarca’s ‘spooky’ event was sweet

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Last Friday evening, Kayla and I attended the Spooky Vendor Market at Monarca Event Room, on the corner of 63rd and Spaulding. Decorated to the hilt for Halloween, the kids got to trick or treat at all of the vendors on their way to the Halloween cookie decorating feature at the end. What a nice event it was.

Many St. Rita of Cascia Parishioners remember Father Bob Dueweke from his time spent here in the 1990s. So here’s an update on Father Bob. Since 2016, he has been serving as the Augustinians’ representative to the United Nations. He now has moved to the diocese of Lexington, Kentucky where he will focus on the promotion of Pope Francis’ teaching on ecology as found in the encyclical Laudato Si while providing sacramental ministry to three parishes in the diocese.

Tiny Tykes Story Time takes place at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Story time features books, fingerplays, songs, rhymes and a simple craft for children ages 3 to 5 years, with a parent or caregiver. This event takes place in person or via Zoom. For more information, call the library at (312) 747-0639.

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A Veterans Day Mass and luncheon will be held at Nativity BVM Church, 2700 W. Lithuanian Plaza Court, on Sunday, Nov. 14, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by the Rev. Janius Kelpsas, pastor, and followed by a luncheon and limited open bar in the church hall. The cost is $25 with an RSVP by Monday, Nov. 8 to Glen (708) 422-1736 or Darius (818) 635-2703.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, St. Thomas More Parish will celebrate their 75th anniversary. The festivities begin with a 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by dinner in Donlan Hall. Pre-sale tickets are $30 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years and children under 6 are free. Tickets will be sold after Masses and at the church office.

Save the date for Monarca’s Second Annual Coquito Tasting on Sunday, Nov. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. Early-bird tickets are $5 and may be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-coqito-tasting-tickets-200609467317. Tickets also will be sold at the door for $10 each. For more information, call (773) 701-5000.

In our history segment recently, the name “Steve Gianakas” came up. Steve, as you may remember, was the owner of Artesian Restaurant on the northwest corner of 63rd and Artesian. Well as it turns out, Pat P.’s dad, John, and Steve were good friends. Pat was kind enough to call to add to our story and give us some insight on Steve.

Steve Gianakas came to the Untied States when he was 16 years old. His first job was at Miss Muffit on 79th and Western, as a busboy and dishwasher. He saved his money and bought the Artesian. Pat remembers him as a hard-working and generous man. At the Artesian, she said if he was short of help, he would go in back and do the dishes himself. As a little girl, if she didn’t go in with her father, Steve would always send a candy bar home for her.

In the 1960s he bought Jack Kilty’s Restaurant on 95th Street in Oak Lawn, leaving his brother-in-law, Dino, in charge of the Artesian. Then in the early 1970s he purchased Hickory Hills Country Club and built the Condesa del Mar, the first supper club in the south suburbs which featured entertainers like Bob Hope, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. He opened the Onion Field family restaurant next to it.

Steve had three children. When his son, George, passed away in 2013, Pat said, “It took the wind out of his sails.” Steven died in 2014.

Last week we were stopping at Marius and Emilijia Kiela’s place at 2632 W. 71st St. Stella G. was the first to remember Neringa. She said most Lithuanian restaurants carried the same type of dishes, featuring sausage, potatoes, dumplings and rye bread; but in her opinion, Neringa was the best.

We have enjoyed Lithuanian dishes for the last two weeks. Now let’s head back to 63rd Street and treat ourselves to some Chinese cuisine. It is 1977. The address of the restaurant we are going in is 2752 W. 63rd St., which puts it right between Marquette Federal Savings and the California Lounge. What is the name of the place we will be eating?

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