Tea and pub crawl a part of new Orland Park rec events

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By Jeff Vorva Sipping tea and a pub crawl are among the new events that will be offered to Orland Park residents in the winter and 2022 spring seasons. During the Village Board meeting on Aug. 16, Recreation and Parks Director Ray Piattoni gave the room a quick tour on what to expect in the…

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Taste organizers are hoping for a crowd of 40,000 this year

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By Jeff Vorva Taste of Orland Park was one of the few summer events to actually take place in the Chicago area in 2020 during the pandemic and the village’s director of recreation and parks, Ray Piattoni, estimated 5,000 people showed up over three days. That was far below the usual 30,000-40,000 the fest had…

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‘Lightyears’ TV series films in Willow Springs

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By Carol McGowan If you have recently driven down Archer through Willow Springs, you may have noticed the trucks and trailers parked along Bonnie’s at 8442 Archer Ave. That’s because they’re filming an upcoming science fiction streaming TV series co-produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television for Amazon Prime Video. According to Wikipedia, the show…

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Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we ever put a fest together,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t even know if we’d have one…

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St. Hugh Farewell: ‘We had it all in this parish’

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By Steve Metsch Ending 96 years on Joliet Avenue in Lyons, the last Mass was said Sunday at St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church. Current and former parishioners gathered in the red brick church with six elegant stained-glass windows. Others watched a closed-circuit broadcast in the school auditorium. Standing outside the church after Mass, Renee Zakosek,…

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Kids, Grace Point Place residents fly kites

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By Kelly White After months of sheltering at home, elementary students and residents at an Oak Lawn memory care community were able to spread their wings recently. Residents residing within Grace Point Place, a live-in memory care facility located at 5701 W. 101st St. in Oak Lawn decorated kites to be flown by local elementary…

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Former world champ wins Chili in the Park cookoff

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By Jeff Vorva Of course, he won. He was once a world champion. He is used to it. Rockton’s Jim Weller made the trip to Palos Park on Saturday and won the village’s Chili in the Park competition, which was held outdoors behind the recreation center. The event has been held indoors in the winter…

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Orland to honor vets four more times

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By Jeff Vorva Orland Park has traditionally been a village that makes it a point to honor its veterans with various events throughout the year. There will be four more in 2021. The village’s board of trustees voted to host a four-event Veterans Tuesdays in the Park at the April 5 meeting at Village Hall.…

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