Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

School’s out, but learning is still in

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By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327

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School is out for the summer, but this does not mean that our youngsters have been idle. The Los Youth Organization will be unveiling their mural located at the West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St. Kids and teens have been creating a work of art on an outdoor wall of the library.

The unveiling is part of an all-day event called “West Lawn Growing Together” happening on Saturday, June 15 beginning at 10 a.m. There will be informational programs about flowers and garden designs, art activities, a sapling giveaway, plus food and refreshments. The mural unveiling will happen at 1 p.m. The young people of Los Youth invite all to this special event and said, “Join us for a fun-filled day of creativity.”

Universidad Popular, 3702 W. 60th St., will be having a summer camp during the month of August. In addition to the camp for kids, they continue to offer English classes. Call for more information at (773) 352-8494.

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I drive by the Universidad Popular all the time and I love looking at their lovely yard and house. It looks very inviting. Now that summer is here, I know they will be hosting a lot of activities both indoors and outside.

Midway International Airport recently gave an informational tour of the airport to students from Curie High School, with a focus on career opportunities in aviation and administration, as well as flight and ground crew jobs.

The Chicago Department of Aviation is collaborating with Chicago City Colleges on a pathfinding aviation curriculum. For more information on summer internship opportunities, send an email to Rena Neely at renaneely@cityofchicago.org.

Marquette Bank, 6155 S. Pulaski, will be collecting non-perishable food items for their annual summer food drive. All food will be distributed to local food pantries in our own neighborhood. The food drive will end on June 22.

If you shop for food at the Jewel located just down the street from Marquette Bank and need a burst of energy before or after shopping, you are in luck. I heard that a new Starbucks will be opening inside the Jewel at 54th and Pulaski. I do like their pastries. When they open, I will visit and report back to you.

Another business opening inside an existing store is a new Oak Street Health Clinic. The clinic is located inside the CVS at the corner of 63rd and Pulaski. I went there last week to see the progress of the clinic. It looked like it was ready to open.

I also walked around the CVS, which was completely remodeled recently. I like CVS but I must say, the store is so empty and sterile looking. Almost all the merchandise is in locked cases. As I understand it, this was done to prevent the problem of theft that the store had been dealing with over the years. Even though the store is bleak and depressing, I must say, every employee I encountered was very friendly and happy to share information with me. They made the experience a little brighter.

One business on Pulaski that never fails to delight me and all my West Lawn neighbors is Tony’s Italian Beef, 7007 S. Pulaski. I want to congratulate this long-time favorite eatery on their making the top ten list in Infatuation Chicago Restaurant Guide’s best restaurants. Tony’s was named Best Italian Beef in Chicago. How about that! Thank you, Tony’s, for putting West Lawn on the food destination map.

Tony’s Italian Beef is open daily until 10 p.m. Call them at (773) 284-6787. When was the last time you had a really great sandwich?

Thank you to each and every one who called and texted me about what I wrote last week regarding our Blue Bin Recycling. I appreciate the feedback, which was all positive. One caller even shared information about the states of California and Michigan and their successful recycling programs. Another caller suggested that our local aldermen should provide informational leaflets to residents about how to correctly use the Blue Bin recycling containers. Great idea!

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the many friends and family of Loretta Willhoit on her recent passing. Loretta lived to be 98 years old. Loretta was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was not only a mother, but also a grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Loretta was a longtime member of the Calvary Senior Club. May her memory be a blessing.

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