Sugar, fat and long lines – Krispy Kreme mania hits Halsted


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A few days before Krispy Kreme opened its doughnut palace on Halsted Street in Homewood, I was predicting that it might not be that much of a success

“Who cares about doughnuts?” I’d ask anyone within listening range. “They’ll be lucky to get 10 people out there.”

It turns out that my prediction was a little bit off.

Homewood approves financial incentive for martini bar plumbing work

Copper Still Martini Bar and Grill is getting a financial boost from Homewood after village board members approved a $34,998 incentive request at their Jan. 24 meeting.
The Copper Still opened on Jan. 2 at 1961 Ridge Road. The business owners, Copper Still Entertainment Group, are leasing the property at that location. 

Hands-on learning abounds in District 153 Smart Lab

It’s the first period of the day and the room is full of seventh graders who pair up around the computers.  Each student is creating, writing or exploring using Homewood District 153’s Smart Lab equipment.

“They’re completely engaged. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” said teacher Katie Nigro, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab facilitator.

Flossmoor’s Rita Coburn Whack thrilled to be co-producer on ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’

"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” the first film made about Maya Angelou’s life, is produced by local resident Rita Coburn Whack through PBS American Masters who recently talked with the Chronicle about her connections with the great poet.

Storytelling by and for adults begins Feb. 8

“Tales to Wet Your Whistle,” a storytelling open mic program for adults with something to share and those who enjoy listening, starts Feb. 8 and continues on Wednesdays through July.  

The program, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is co-sponsored by the Homewood Public Library and Grape & Grain Co.  The shows will start at 7 p.m. at Grape & Grain, 18031 Dixie Highway in Homewood. There is no cover charge.

Careers in STEM focus of Tuesday program at H-F

Area students and parents are invited to Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s 6th Annual Careers in STEM Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the high school.

Professionals will share what it takes to launch a successful career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). H-F counselor Roberto Suarez is organizing the event presented by the H-F Gifted Committee.

Prairie State College hosting 29th annual Jazz Fest on Feb. 17

The Prairie State College (PSC) 29th Annual Jazz Fest, featuring some of the nation’s top jazz musicians, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.

The program will be in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the Conference Center.

Scenes from the St. Joseph Winter Picnic

The Parish of St. Joseph in Homewood brought a sense of summer into a gloomy January night with its annual Winter Picnic fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The school gym and classrooms were filled with people dressed in tropical print shirts, shorts and T-shirts as they got into the spirit of the event. 

Even Pope Francis ― via a life-sized cardboard cutout of the pontiff ― greeted guests from the shade of a decorative palm tree. 

The event included all the usual summer picnic food and activities, with games for kids, a cake walk, bingo and live music. 


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