Homewood Historical Society

Local history dominates 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest

Homewood's 2018 Chocolate Fest took on an historic flavor in honor of the village's 125th anniversary. The Homewood Historical Society (HHS) took top honors in the annual chocolate bake-off at the festival on Saturday in the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium. The organization's team entered a variation on a treat that was born the same year Homewood was incorporated  the brownie.

Feb. 11 is 125th anniversary of Homewood’s incorporation

Although settled in the 1830’s, it took almost 60 years for the area that would eventually become Homewood to officially form a village government. That milestone was reached on Feb. 11, 1893, and so Homewood is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.

New photo history of Homewood goes on sale

Homewood historian Jim Wright's latest book, "Homewood," went on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at several sites in the village, and the timing was not accidental. Wright said he hopes holiday shopping helps boost sales, but the book also arrived just a few weeks before Homewood's 125th anniversary year begins. 

Homewood’s Miller was the ‘Edison’ of roller coasters

John A. Miller is renowned in the amusement ride industry as the “Thomas Edison” of roller coasters and is widely considered as the “father of the modern high-speed roller coaster.” 

Century-old Funk's Hall hosted several firsts in Homewood

  Funk's Hall, on the right, as seen in the 1910s looking 
  east on Ridge Road, then Main Street.
(Photos courtesy 
  of the Homewood Historical Society)

 

Campaigners: Four presidents have visited H-F area

The presidential election of 2016 is rapidly nearing an end. Although neither candidate has visited the Homewood-Flossmoor area this year, a number of presidential candidates, presidents and a former president have visited the area in the past.

Sunday celebration to mark 125 years of Homewood’s historic house

The Dorband-Howe House on 183rd Street has 
been home to the Homewood Historical Society 

Second graders discover history at Homewood’s 125-year-old house

Caption

Willow School second graders can tell you about James Hart and the Homewood Brick Yard, the Gottschalk House and when Homewood became a village. It’s all part of the social studies curriculum teachers use to introduce students to history. But the 7-year-olds got lots of surprises when they toured the 125-year-old Dorband-Howe House in May.

Independence Park once hosted Homewood's early schools

Education has always been important to Homewood residents. Two of the village's early schools were located where Independence Park is now. 

Cook's Night Out at Aurelios on Tuesday to benefit the Homewood Historical Society

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Aurelio's in Homewood on Tuesday and support the Homewood Historical Society.

Pages

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