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Beacon Hill Family Reunion

Mayor Gonzalez was in attendance this past weekend for the annual celebration of the neighborhoods in Beacon Hill. Since 2010, the Beacon Hill Family Reunion has brought together people with “a forever-binding geographic connection of growing up on the west side of Chicago Heights in an area called Beacon Hill.”   This past weekend, residents came together for an exciting lineup of events in celebration of the area, that included a parade, good food, and fellowship.  The Beacon Hill Family Reunion Committee hosts this yearly event for present and former Beacon Hill residents to honor their past and give back to the neighborhood.

For more information, visit their website here. 

Sr Mary Jo

Congratulations MCHS on 60 years!
Marian Catholic Celebrates with Viral Pitch

Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, celebrated its 60th anniversary at the White Sox game last Saturday.  The evening began with a viral moment when Sr. Mary Jo Sobieck threw a perfect first pitch.

Sr. Mary Jo said she was picked to throw out the first pitch, "because I had a little bit of athletic ability, I was probably the most likely candidate, because of my youth and my agility."

The White Sox called the pitch, "One of the most impressive first pitches of all time."
Watch the viral pitch in action here!


Annual Commissioner's Park Bike Rodeo!

Last month Commissioner’s Park was turned into a bicycle obstacle course for the annual Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Chicago Heights Police Department and the Chicago Heights Park District.
Children were invited to make their way through various stations that tested their riding skills and taught bicycle safety. The day's events included face-painting, pony rides, and a bubble station. Every child who participated in the Bike Rodeo was entered into a raffle to win bicycle accessories or one of 15 donated bicycles!

The Bike Rodeo was sponsored by the Chicago Heights Police Department, the Chicago Heights Lions Club, and Park District Commissioners Curtis Straczek--Ward 6, Jessica Mancina--Ward 5, Rodolfo Zuniga--Ward 7, and Sarah DeLuca--Ward 4.
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Thank you to all our event sponsors and volunteers!

South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District Message

The risk from West Nile Virus is high in the South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District. Mosquito pools have been testing positive at a high rate throughout Cook County. Mosquito pools tested the week of July 22nd -28th were nearly 41.2% (61/148) positive in the suburban Cook County. This is peak season for human transmission of West Nile in the Chicago area. The threats of West Nile transmission will be high until cooler temperatures break the transmission cycle in the region.
The South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District is doing what it can to stop this threat and reduce mosquito populations in our area. Larviciding, adulticiding, and source reduction will continue until the mosquito season is over. Read more.

For· more information visit the website at or the Facebook page South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District.
Grand Opening

           Welcome Zicky's Philly Steak & Lemonade!

Zicky’s Philly Steak and Lemonade is the second new eatery to open in Chicago Heights this summer!  Zicky's is located at the corner Ashland Avenue and Dixie Highway in the new Shell Plaza. This is the fourth location for the family friendly restaurant that features sandwiches including philly steak, chicken, burgers, gyros, polish and hot dogs. In addition to encouraging a family oriented environment, the restaurant is also committed to giving back to the community around them.

"In efforts to promote community awareness and encourage women to get tested, b
reast cancer survivors are able to eat for free on the last Wednesday of every month," said Jack Hynes, CHEDC. 

Pit Stop

                      Welcome Chicago Pit Stop BBQ!

Earlier this summer, the City welcomed Chicago Pit Stop BBQ located at 402 West Lincoln Highway. Be sure to stop in to say hello and enjoy some pork ribs, tips and links, chicken, turkey, seafood and sides. There are also lunch specials and catering options.

For more information about businesses like these, visit the Chicago Heights Economic Development Corp site here. 


Trees Impacted by Summer Weather

Residents have been quick to notice distressed trees after the impact of the emerald ash borer. Questions about maple trees in parkways have been popping up on gardening sites and calls from concerned residents. The good news is experts say there does not appear to be an insect attacking the maple tree, like the emerald ash borer. 
The dieback some people are noticing on area maple trees is most likely due to the general stresses of the season and environment.
And it is not just maples, but all trees.

Read more here. 


Restoring the Canopy

Last weekend, the City of Chicago Heights found homes for over 50 oak saplings thanks to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's "Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree" initiative. 

For more information on the "Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree" initiative, click here or visit 

Click here for links to back to school supplies and sites

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