Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Viaducts looking much better

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By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327

Have you driven by the viaducts on Central Park Avenue, between 59th Street and 63rd Street? The long awaited repairs and painting are complete. Everything looks nice and clean. Thank you, 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, for getting this done.

The West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St., is having a book discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The book is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno. I’m giving you advance notice so you’ll have time to get the book from our library and read it. The discussion will take place at Palermo’s Restaurant, 3751 W. 63rd St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call the library at (312) 747-7381o register for this event.

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The Walgreens at 59th and Pulaski is getting closer to completion. I’ve gotten a few calls and texts about it. Most people say that it doesn’t look like a Walgreens because of the blue panels on the building. We’ll have to wait and see how the building looks when it is completed. I will be happy when we can fill prescriptions and shop at the 59th Street Walgreens once again.

Another fine West Lawn business on 59th street is Big Tony’s Pizza, 3732 W. 59th St.  I like their pizza very much.  Did you know that they make delicious chicken as well? My hubby and I had a big party recently and ordered lots of food from various restaurants, including Big Tony’s. We bought 72 pieces of chicken which were the hit of our party. Call them at (773) 767-5966.

Here’s one last reminder about the block sale at the 3600 block of West 60th Place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This sale will take place in the front yards, not back yards and garages. My neighbor, Gladys, did a great job in getting a block sale permit from 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares at her new office at 3954 W. 63rd St.  Gladys contacted each and every resident on our block for the signatures required for a block event. Thank you, Gladys!

I live near the middle of the block.  Come on by and say hi!

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Chicago Fire II to host Indy Eleven in U.S. Open Cup

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The Chicago Red Stars will play in a Summer Cup during July, when they have a lull in their NWSL schedule. File Photo

Red Stars to play in Summer Cup

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College Sports | Sidney Lovitsch is officially women’s hoops coach at SXU

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Area natives Kendall Coyne Schofield, Abbey Murphy representing at Women’s World Championship

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Hockey gold-medalist Abbey Murphy among college athletes to strike NIL deal with White Sox

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Constructive activities for teens on 63rd Street

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Spread the love. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 . As the weather gets warmer, we start looking forward to saving money by turning off the heat in our homes, putting away the winter boots, finding last year’s sandals and spending more time outside. We also…

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Signs show planting season is approaching

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Spread the love. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796 . It is officially April. That means sweet sweeping will be starting again. Be on the lookout for the No Parking signs to avoid a ticket. It is also garage sale time. Garage sale…

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Girls Soccer | Stagg, Reavis looking for more

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Sports Bits | Aaliyah Flores named St. Laurence hoops MVP

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Spread the love• Shepard alum John Economos was named to the National Hellenistic Hall of Fame. Economos was a Regional News-Reporter Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 1995. • Marist boys basketball coach Brian Hynes was named District 3 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. • St. Laurence freshman Aaliyah Flores was…

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College Baseball | Saint Xavier and St. Francis combine for 68 hits, 11 HRs

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