Tag: History

Washington Park 1950's

Washington Park afire

February marks the 40th anniversary of the largest fire in Homewood history. The fire destroyed the grandstand of Washington Park Racetrack, located on the west side of Halsted Street south of 175th Street. Older residents probably remember the track and that fateful day. Saturday, Feb. 5, 1977, was a quiet[Read More…]

Cosme Rios II at Obama farewell

Local residents witness Obama’s farewell

Editor’s note: When President Barack Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10, a number of Homewood-Flossmoor residents were there for the historic occasion. The Chronicle asked them to share their observations and experiences. Cosme Rios II, Tamika Spicer-Britten and Destiny Watson provided the following insights.  Cosme Rios IIUsually[Read More…]

Main Street (Ridge) looking east late teens

Century-old Funk’s Hall hosted several firsts in Homewood

  Funk’s Hall, on the right, as seen in the 1910s looking   east on Ridge Road, then Main Street. (Photos courtesy   of the Homewood Historical Society)   Excitement is building in Homewood about the redevelopment of the south side of Ridge Road west of Martin Avenue, where a mixed-use, residential/business building[Read More…]

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Campaigners: Four presidents have visited H-F area

The presidential election of 2016 is rapidly nearing an end. Although neither candidate has visited the Homewood-Flossmoor area this year, a number of presidential candidates, presidents and a former president have visited the area in the past.

6. A brief history of the community’s investment in water

In the early 1980s, Homewood voters made a decision that directly affects the cost of water in Homewood and Flossmoor today: They decided to switch from well water to Lake Michigan water. The vote wasn’t even close. Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld said the referendum passed with 90 percent or more[Read More…]

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