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Chill forced cancellation at park

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By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Well unfortunately, the beautiful weather and thawing of the ice on the lagoon at Marquette Park did not extend into last weekend. Saturday was the day the first Go Run Marquette Park was scheduled. With the wind chill taking the temperatures into the teens, this one was cancelled and understandably so. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear when the next walk/run is scheduled.

This week we marked the end of Catholic Sisters Week, a time to shine the spotlight on women religious, remembering and acknowledging the role they have played in history. In conjunction with that, the Sisters of St. Casimir have suggested two short videos you might enjoy. The first is available on YouTube. The five-minute video is titled Beyond the Habit: 300 Years of Sister History and was compiled by and narrated by the late journalist Cokie Roberts. The second is They Might Be Saints: Mother Maria Kaupas. This 30-minute show is from the ESPN special and is available to view at sistersofstcasimir.org/events.

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As part of the Lenten focus of reconciling with Mother Earth, St. Rita of Cascia Parish and St. Clare Chapel are hoping to plant 40 trees in the neighborhood. If you would like to find out more or sponsor a tree, call the parish office at (773) 434-9600.

Last week we talked about Peter Herbert’s Barber Shop being a decades-long fixture at 3312 W. 63rd St. Well, this weekend for the first time since 1930, another business is opening up in that location. Tony’s Chinese is holding its grand opening this Saturday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m.

While I am a fan of Lex Chinese on 62nd and Kedzie, located in the building Arden called home for many years, I will give Tony’s a try. If you don’t get a chance to stop in before the next column, I’ll give you my rating on the egg rolls then!

Just down the street from Tony’s, a St. Patrick’s Day pop-up vendor event is scheduled for this Saturday, March 19 in the Monarca Event Room, 3300 W. 63rd St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Augustinian Friars of the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western, are presenting A Festival of Peace 2022 on Friday, March 25. Events run throughout the afternoon and evening beginning with a noon Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The SRHS Fathers’ Club will offer hospitality with a Bistro of food and drink from 5 to 11:30 p.m. For a schedule of events, which will include prayers, food, music and even Ping Pong, go to stritashrinechicago.com.

Now back to 1992. Last time, we talked about the razing of the Marquette Theatre building. I mentioned that soil samples were being taken on the corner in preparation for the business that was planned. As of this writing, no one has correctly remembered this place. I’ll give you a hint: it was a fast-food chain. It is also hard to find one of these now. Did that help?

As many of you guessed, the new development breaking ground at 87th and Kedzie was Westport Commons. Jan L. remembered the Omni Superstore being the anchor tenant.

Thirty years ago this week, business leaders were seeking to promote Midway Airport in an effort to counteract perceptions that the bankruptcy of Midway Airlines, which we talked about recently, left Midway Airport a ghost town. Adding to that bad news, in a meeting with community leaders on noise pollution, Mayor Richard M. Daley dropped a bombshell by stating, “Midway’s going to close in five years anyway.”

Hoping to impress the people and corporations of Chicago that the airport was, and planned to continue to be, alive and well, business leaders supported Jim Vondrak, publisher of the Southwest News-Herald, in a move to run a full-page ad publicizing the names of the air carriers using Midway Airport and the cities they serve. The ad ran for 26 weeks, featured a half page picture of the country, showing flights coming out of Midway and listing airline phone numbers.

That was quite an endeavor, with businesses across the Southwest Side joining in. Among our local business leaders helping to finance the project were Bill Grice of Bill Grice Furniture, 2540 W. 63rd St; Wish Kucik of Four Way Travel, 3455½ W. 63rd St.; Southwest Federal Savings, 3525 W. 63rd St.; and our local Super Certified grocery store at 3307 W. 63rd St. So, today’s new question is: Can you remember the name of that grocery store?

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Alex Knight, a Marist graduate now playing at Lake Forest College, was named to the All-Midwest Conference First Team. Knight’s average of 18.1 points per conference game led all players and he finished third in the conference in field goal percentage (52.6). Photo courtesy of Lake Forest College Athletics

College Notebook | Marist grad Alex Knight slaying buckets for Lake Forest

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Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent Lake Forest College’s Alex Knight has been named to the All-Midwest Conference First Team in men’s basketball for the 2022-23 season. Knight, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard who prepped at Marist, was the league’s leading scorer this season, averaging 18.1 points per conference game. He finished third in the MWC…

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Pro Sports Report | SeatGeek to host Major League Rugby championship; Hounds sniff out first win

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer SeatGeek Stadium, host of the expansion Chicago Hounds, will host this season’s Major League Rugby championship game. The game is scheduled to be played July 8 in Bridgeview. It will air nationally on FOX. “Moving the championship match to a predetermined venue has long been a goal of…

Morton College's women's basketball team is playing in the NJCAA national tournament this week after celebrating its regional championship. Photo courtesy of Morton College

Area Sports Roundup | Nazareth grads Martinucci, Evans have unfinished business at NJCAA National Tourney

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Happy St. Pat’s, St. Joe’s

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Spread the love. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Happy St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th to all the Irish folks, and folks that want to be Irish for the day. I absolutely love the food, music and drink from these festivities. Not…

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Here’s to you, Bridget, on St. Patrick’s Day

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Spread the love. . By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I began celebrating earlier this week with my good friend, and St. Rita Grammar School/Maria High School grad Mary Lou Barrett. You just can’t celebrate too often. Throughout our years…

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St. Patrick’s here, Easter coming up

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Spread the love. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all. Wear something green. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Today is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day, too! Another reason to celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. We celebrate and…

Century's Zedan Said (No. 52) starts to get mobbed by his teammates after he hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with four seconds left in the SWIC eighth-grade championship. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area grade school teams win SWIC championships

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Century Junior High School’s eighth grade boys basketball team had a target on its back all season. After enjoying an unbeaten campaign as seventh-graders, the Wildcats were the team everyone wanted to beat this season. Not one of them one did. Zedan Said made sure of it. The…

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College Notebook | Area grads Hynes, McCormick earn honors

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Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent University of Chicago women’s basketball player Grace Hynes has been named to the 2022-23 University Athletic Association’s First Team. The Maroons senior guard, a Mother McAuley graduate, led Chicago to a 23-4 overall record through their first 27 games, and went 10-4 in the UAA, good enough for second…

Jim Ramazinski is the new Evergreen Park football coach. Photo courtesy of Evergreen Park Community High School.

Area Sports Roundup | EP football gets new coach; Morton women head back to nationals

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer For the second time in two weeks, an area high school football team is getting a new head coach. Evergreen Park announced Jim Ramazinski has been named to the position. He will replace Jerry Verde. Ramazinski comes to the Mustangs with a wealth of coaching and teaching experience.…

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Pro Report | Sammy Malcolm leads Toronto to win over Hounds

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Sammy Malcolm. Chicago Hounds fans may remember that name for a long time. And not for a good reason. Malcolm was not just in the middle of things, he was the whole scoring show for Toronto as he tallied all Arrows points in a 27-26 victory over the…

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Lawmakers advance measure to regulate ride-shares as ‘common carriers’

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Nuclear option: Illinois grapples with the future of nuclear power

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By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – A measure allowing the construction of new commercial nuclear power plants has bipartisan, bicameral support in the state legislature as the body considers its next steps in meeting carbon-free energy goals while maintaining grid reliability. Its advocates say the measure would open the door for the…

Wiretaps show Madigan, through McClain, forced ally out of legislature to protect himself

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House panel debates ranked choice voting

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Madigan looms large in trial of ex-ComEd lobbyists, exec

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Pritzker: Tax cuts on the table if state revenues continue to exceed expectations

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Pritzker touts higher education plan, joins call for pharmacies to state abortion pill plans

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Justices consider constitutionality of SAFE-T Act’s pretrial detention provisions

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Moody’s gives Illinois another credit upgrade

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