Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Tough times, tender hearts

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

If there’s one good thing the pandemic has done, it has been to bring out the willingness to help in many good people, especially at this time of year. There have been stories of food and toy donations and distributions all over the city and suburbs. You may have noticed a TV news crew at 2500 West 63rd Street shortly before Christmas, filming a toy giveaway. They were outside of TGi Movement.

The mission of the not-for-profit TGi is to unite youth throughout Chicago to promote a lifestyle of tranquility, gratitude, innovation. This past summer, Devonta Boston, the founder of TGi, opened this supportive place for youth of the community, labeling it Da Oasis. He remodeled the inside of a shuttered hoagie place, turning it into a nice addition to 63rd Street.

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Boston is a Southwest Side native and a graduate of Gage Park High School.

“This event made me so happy…to make Christmas for others how my mom made it special for me,” he said. “It’s such a blessing to be in a position to be a blessing to others. I’ll never take that for granted.”

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Happy birthday to the Rev. Scott Haynes, associate pastor of St. Thomas More.

Congratulations to Bishop Daniel Turley from St. Rita of Cascia Parish, who celebrated 53 years in the priesthood this month.

Nativity BVM Parish will host a champagne brunch at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 in the parish hall. The afternoon will include festive food, music, and dancing with Antras Kaimas (The Second Village) performing. Reservations need to be made quickly. Tickets are $50 before Jan. 1. For more information, call Audra at (773) 776-4600.

The Southwest Regional Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie, has reopened for exercise and will gradually add programming as the current health situation allows. Beginning Jan. 10, bingo will be on the agenda on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30. Donation is $2 per card. Boxed lunches are also available.

Now back to 1971. Last time we were going to the grocery store to pick up everything we needed for Christmas dinner. We decided the market at 2454 W. 63rd St. had the best deals. Barb P. knew right away it was Colony Foods. She worked at the Walgreens just east of there on 63rd and Western in the early 1970s. Rose B. tells us that before it was Colony Foods, it was an A & P. She was a little girl growing up a couple blocks away at the time, and she remembers accompanying her mom on shopping there every week.

As you may remember, during the winter of 1971 Sunshine Supermarket was destroyed by fire. As the neighborhood was turning the page to 1972, new plans were in the works for some building projects and that included Sunshine’s former home at 3500-08 W. 63rd Street. Similar stores to this new one had been popping up in communities all over Chicago in recent years. They would be open longer hours than traditional grocery stores, making it convenient for working folks. It was not a 7-11, though that would be an appropriate guess. Shall we say it was a really handy place to run to when you ran out of something. There. That last sentence should have given you the answer, right?

Happy New Year, everyone.

1 Comment

  1. Mary Clancy on January 6, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Hi Kathy,
    A little late to answer but it’s White Hen. The Dugans who lived on 62nd and St. Louis owned it when it opened. Happy New Year! Mary Clancy



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