Eric Crump's blog

Another blow to Cherry Creek: Panera is closing

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

Chronicle editor Eric Crump discusses the recent business losses in Cherry Creek Plaza, including Starbucks and Panera Bread, and stops by American Dance Center to observe its versatile and enthusiastic approach to teaching students of all ages.

Celebrating Ridge Road as an ad hoc art gallery

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.


The Homewood Arts Council is starting to bring artists together to build on the H-F community’s already strong art scene, and soon the young organization plans to develop a gallery in downtown Homewood.

It has occurred to me that, even before the Homewood Arts Council’s gallery opens on Ridge Road in Homewood, the stretch of street already is an art gallery. 

Volunteers, public safety staff make preserve safer

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.


When Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld fell into an icy pond while rescuing one of his beloved dogs at Izaak Walton Nature Preserve in December 2017, the incident had a happy ending.

A passing jogger called 911. The mayor was rescued, suffering from hypothermia but otherwise unharmed. His dog, Annie, was rescued.

A new event on Jan. 12, the Mayor’s Arctic Dip, will commemorate the mishap and benefit the South Suburban Humane Society.
 

Mom, kids seek new local entertainment options

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

Maggie Gosselin’s twin sons have identified a problem. 

Most entertainment options for kids are located in other communities. As Gosselin noted in a recent Facebook post, “They’re upset about hitting the highway for birthday parties and things to do.” 

Unlike most 7-year-olds, Ethan and Austin decided to seek a solution. They went to see the mayor.

Hobo Night crowd misses stories by Hobo Joe

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

The Homewood community remembers 'Hobo' Joe Krol, a fixture of Hobo Night and the St. Joe's fish fries.

Meanwhile, neighbors celebrate powerful expressions during a local spoken word gathering.

Then, Homewood Stories reaches a milestone birthday, celebrating five years of lively storytelling.

Read Eric Crump's latest column.

Page 2: H-F business activity defies the doldrums

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

The usual late summer doldrums were not all that languid in the Homewood-Flossmoor business scene, where a series of ribbon-cuttings, announcements and a couple of demolitions show a local economy with increasing energy.

There's more to come this week. 

Page 2: Underachievers will shine at HBA event

Viewpoint: 

The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

The Homewood Business Association 0.3K run is set for Sept. 22. Underachievers will have a rare chance to shine in this benefit "run," but high achievers who want to support the arts, artists and the Cancer Support Center can contribute, too. They might want to keep the brakes on, however. Also, the Chronicle is seeking reader feedback. You can tell us what you think about the paper and make suggestions.

About Us

A great community deserves a great newspaper. The HF Chronicle was created in June 2014 as an online publication. In December 2015 we began monthly print publication, too. Our mission is to chronicle the life of our community — news by, for, and about the people of Homewood and Flossmoor, Illinois.

Letters

Do you have something to say? If you want to inform the community about events, issues, recognitions, concerns, etc., write a letter. 

Send a letter

Correction suggestions

If you see a mistake in The Chronicle, whether it's a typo, a misspelling or an error of fact, please let us know. Our goal is to provide reliable, accurate stories, and if we miss a detail, we want to fix it fast.

Submit correction

Contact Us

A great community makes a great newspaper. We want to hear from you with news tips, story ideas, your photos and accounts of events, corrections, problems, suggestions, etc. Call or write the editors
Eric Crump at [email protected] or 630-728-2661
Marilyn Thomas at [email protected]
Tom Houlihan at [email protected]

For advertising, distribution or general business inquiries, contact Eric Crump at [email protected] or 630-728-2661.

Postal address:
The HF Chronicle
P.O. Box 461
Flossmoor, IL 60422