Izaak Walton oak woodland preserves tranquility, history

  The oak woodland in Izaak Walton Nature Preserve
  as seen from the south.
(Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Businesses change but peace still has a place


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The balance of tranquility in downtown Homewood will be maintained, you’ll be relieved to know. Tranquility got some bad news in mid-August when Terre Robertson announced she is planning to retire and has put Civilitea Gardens up for sale. Even before the news that Civilitea would close, a new source of tranquility downtown had opened. Serendipity is a new yoga studio started by Liz Smith opened in August.

When the little white ball leads to 300 trucks a day


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Editor Tom Houlihan has a family connection to Calumet Country Club, but in reviewing events of recent months, the future looks uncertain at best for the historic club and its golf course. 

District 161 staff receive ‘Those Who Excel’ honors

Five individuals from Flossmoor District 161 were selected to receive “Those Who Excel” awards from the Illinois State Board of Education at a ceremony Oct. 19 in Bloomington-Normal.

SSFS launches month of ‘change’ to fight violence

Be the Change cards created by South Suburban Family Shelter offer a suggestion for each day in October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Carole Sharwarko/H-F Chronicle)
Be the Change cards created by South Suburban
Family Shelter offer a suggestion for each day
in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month,
and were handed out during the Be the Change
(Carole Sharwarko/H-F Chronicle)

Saturday marks Flossmoor Brewfest’s return to downtown area

Beers and ales, ciders and even mead will be plentiful when Flossmoor’s Brewfest returns on Saturday, Oct. 12. Participants will be able to sample tasty products from more than two dozen brewing companies from around the Chicago area, and the rest of the nation.

East Hazel Crest approves Wind Creek casino proposal

The East Hazel Crest Board of Trustees approved two measures at its Wednesday night meeting in support of the proposed casino at Halsted Street and Interstate 80/294. 

Flossmoor businesses deal with downtown flooding aftermath

A record-setting rain Sept. 27 brought waves of destruction through Flossmoor, overwhelming the village’s sewage and stormwater system, flooding residents’ basements and stranding vehicles on waterlogged streets. The cluster of small businesses in the village’s downtown was no exception.

Flossmoor has best housing market in four-county suburban area

Flossmoor has long been known as being a “hidden gem,” but it is no longer such a secret. People are taking notice, which was confirmed by a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business titled, “The Suburb With the Strongest Housing Market So Far This Year.”

New joint program helping H-F students earn a college degree in three years

The Homewood-Flossmoor School District 233 Board of Education has approved a three-way agreement that will give Homewood-Flossmoor High students the opportunity to earn a college business degree in three years.


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