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.
It's that time of year again — block parties. The 600 block of Beloit Avenue has always had a famous one and this year was even more spectacular. The date was changed because a prominent family on the block is moving — to Peru!