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Guests enjoy a meal at La Voute during a soft opening event at La Banque Hotel in downtown Homewood. (Photo by Eric Crump/HF Chronicle)

After more than three years in development, the conversion of the former Great Lakes Bank building to an upscale boutique hotel is done.Workers put finishing touches on the extensive renovations late last week, and La Banque Hotel staff got its first test run Saturday at a "fire up the kitchen" soft opening event with dinner and tours. 

La Banque Manager Meg Sakka, middle, and hotel . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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