Deadly traffic accidents in the early years of the last century served as the catalyst for the decision to eliminate all grade rail crossings along the Illinois Central line between downtown Chicago and Matteson-Richton.
The Village of Homewood will host its annual Hobo Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Homewood Rail Park, Chestnut Road and Park Avenue.
Homewood's year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary will include a special ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, in front of the historic Gottschalk House, 18101 Martin Ave.
The event will feature ragtime music by King Music, and patrons can try their hand at traditional outdoor games of the time.
Brownies, a dessert that made its first appearance in 1893, will be served in addition to ice cream and toppings.
Summer is the season for block parties, and Flossmoor Community Church is planning a big one — a "block party plus" — from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It will be a chance for everyone in the community to have fun and support the church's social justice missions, according to organizers.