It was a most eventful week-end for Jimmy Cavanaugh. His family from Ft. Lauderdale dropped in to pay him a visit. The Claussens of Ft. Lauderdale are Jimmy’s daughter Janet, grandchildren Katie and Tommy and Janet’s husband Tom. The  Claussens met a few of Jimmy’s friends and were on their way. We hope they come back to see us and Jimmy soon.

Our Historical Society will be trying something new on September 27: a cemetery tour by bus! Executive Director Diane Hansen Grah leads bike tours of the cemetery, but she decided some interested people might like to take the tour in a coach. Some of the group were beginning to feel the bike tour was a bit much, especially on hot days. The group will begin at Concordia Cemetery at 11 a.m., $10 for members, $15 for non-members. 

More Historical Society Events:

This year’s walking tour of Madison Street begins at 11 a.m. on Aug. 9 at Parky’s on Harlem, $10 members; $15 non-members. On Aug.16, the Roosevelt Walking tour will begin at 11 a.m. at First United Church, 1000 Elgin, same prices, $10 members, $15 non-members. 

Mark your calendar for the Historical Society’s Second Annual Dining Along Madison Street Walking Tour Sept. 7. That one fills up fast. Interested persons should call Diane at 708-232-3747 or email her at  

And if you want to help the society, look for your favorite friends selling Macy’s “shop for a cause” day tickets for an event Aug. 23. If you spend $5 on a coupon book for Macy’s at the Oak Brook Mall, the society gets the cash – and you get a discount. Great for back-to-school shopping!

It’s not too late to catch Nancy Greco at the Athenaeum Theater, Southport and Wellington near Diversey. In “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” a play was written by MacArthur Genius grant winner, Sarah Ruhl. It and opens with a ringing cell phone and gets better and better. Evenings, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a Sunday matinee. Tickets are $22 adults, $17 seniors, students. 

You’ll be sure to remember Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. when historian/ cryptologist, teacher Donald Sender presents his special program on the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, 1914.The events laid groundwork for all (our) wars that have happened since. “The war to end all wars” seems to have been the war that began all wars. That’s at Centuries & Sleuths, 7419 Madison Street.

If history and historical fiction interest you, you’ll want to go back to Centuries & Sleuths the following Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. when “Clio’s Chroniclers” will discuss author Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost: A story of greed, terror and heroes in Belgian Congo. 

There is always so much to do in Forest Park.

Happy birthday this week to Daniel Stroth, Sammy Marino, Michel Bloch, Rick Krieger, David Pardun, Gene Mull, Katie Murray McElligott, Marilyn Trainor, Josha Willarubiec-Olfay, Tom Spinelli, Debbie Ginger, Katie Tricoci, ellie Clifton, Tim Mellin, Arthur Farrell, Jenny Okolwicz, Ryan Pacyga, Derek Hein. Happy anniversary to Bob and Sharon Cox, Katie and Dan McElligott, Joann and Jerry Pinotti.

Jackie Schulz

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...