Village of Homewood

Chick-fil-A, Panera coming to Halsted location in Homewood

Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld announced on Saturday the names of two restaurants that will be developed on the northwest corner of 175th and Halsted streets.

Chick-fil-A and Panera have signed leases for restaurants that will replace the former bank building that is currently on the site. Both restaurants will have drive-through service.

Fratello's Deli granted second sign variance

Homewood trustees approved a second sign variance Tuesday for Fratello's Deli at 17929 S. Halsted St.

The deli's second location in Homewood will be allowed to post signs in south-facing windows. The company had hoped to include signs in its east windows, too, but village staff expressed concerns about safety in case of an emergency if the east windows were obscured. 

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.

Homewood trustees to consider business incentive request, sign variance

Homewood trustees will consider a business incentive fund request and a sign variance at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Vivek Pinto has applied for funding to help with the installation of a fire alarm system at 18673-18681 Dixie Highway in the Southgate shopping area. The request for $4,935 would cover half the fire alarm installation.

Sweets and science bring tasty learning to Homewood Chocolate Fest

Do you know how to make White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark? Pastry chef Casey Thompson does, and she will show how it's done at the 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Potential sales tax for schools, library, parks approved in Homewood

The Homewood Village Board, at its Jan. 23 meeting, approved a 0.25 percent sales tax should the home rule referendum be approved by voters in March. 
The tax bump aims to help other taxing bodies in the village with limited abilities to increase revenue. 
 

Land bank authority eyes redevelopment of three Homewood buildings

Homewood Village Board members approved an intergovernmental agreement with the South Suburban Land Bank Development Authority at their Jan. 23 meeting, setting in motion a process to redevelop three vacant properties. The board also approved variances for Freddy's Frozen Custard, which plans to open a restaurant on Halsted Street later this year.

The Homewood Farmers Market is back for its winter season

Baked goods, seasonal produce, collectibles and crafts are back. The Homewood Indoor Farmers Market is about to begin its fourth season.

Municipal attorney will address Homewood’s Feb. 1 home rule meeting

A municipal law specialist will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 when the village of Homewood hosts an information meeting about home rule at the Marie Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood.

Homewood voters will be asked to consider approving home rule status for the village in the March 20 election. 
 

Groups form to campaign for and against home rule referendum

It comes down to trust.
 
Residents will vote in a March 20 referendum to decide whether or not Homewood should become a home rule community with additional powers, including the ability to increase taxes and fees and institute new ones and take on more debt than it currently can as a non-home rule community.

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