This week will open with a quiz. What Chicagoland cemetery once housed a bank that did a lot of business and mortgage lending throughout Chicagoland? Here’s a clue: Mayor Cermak is buried there. The answer is somewhere below.
Congratulations to Rawra Shanahan who recently became a U.S. citizen. Rawra came to us from the Czech Republic many years ago, which, by the way, is another hint about the cemetery.
Hats off to Louie for opening his bright, new restaurant at the corner of Constitution Court and Madison Street. The new eatery reopened just in time for Louie to celebrate his birthday, on June 17.
A salute to Cindy Wood, who recently completed all the courses she needs and has a degree in medical technology. She is hoping to find work soon so she doesn’t forget the names of all those surgical instruments.
In case you are looking for some excitement in your life, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest is holding its 80th anniversary gala on Sept. 24 at the Carlton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St., in Oak Park. Tickets are only $150 apiece, or if you’d like to buy a table for 10, you can get at the reduced rate of $1,300. A steal! Worried about what to wear? “Think Fred and Ginger” the invitation reads.
Did you figure out the cemetery question? If not, it’s the Bohemian National Cemetery on Pulaski, between Lawrence and Foster.
A warm welcome to Danielle Prueger, who is working at the Forest Park National Bank this summer; you’ll see when you enter the bank and sign in.
Centuries and Sleuths will hold a book party featuring author Luisa Buehler on July 9, at 1 p.m. Buehler is the author of the Grace Marsden books and she will sign copies of her latest novel, The Reenactor: A Staged Death, which will supposedly conclude the series.
Sing happy birthdays to the following Forest Parkers this week: Lillian Tester, Charles Watson, Leshundria Ford, Jennifer Medica, Tyler Leninger, Chuck Brod, Caileigh Pronek, Steve Backman. Adam Kowalski, Lillian Hough, Patty Marino, Rick Leninger, Norm Leinweber, Shirley Christell, Sandy Byrnes, Tracy Aleksy, Jack Christell, Frank Cassiani and Bud Boy
Happy Anniversary to: Angela and Corey Fink, Marie and John Spence, and Mark and Joan Janopoulis.
Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life’s other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.