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Happy 175th Birthday, Blue Island!

On a perfect September day, Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin opened our Welcome Weekend on Friday, September 17 by unveiling the City’s new logo, marking the start of a year of promoting our fabulous history, architecture, and recreational opportunities to family and friends, residents and visitors alike.

Blue Island’s 175th Birthday Party kicked off with a performance from the Eisenhower Marching Band and featured a happy birthday singalong, cake and ice cream, a Welcome Weekend “King and Queen” (the oldest residents in attendance), and mementos shared by the partygoers.

All photos © 2010 George Poulos

Blue Island has embarked on a Preserve America Cultural Heritage Marketing and Outreach effort, made possible with a grant from the National Park Service.

Our Welcome Weekend was also supported by these generous sponsors:

Aldi, Blue Island Historical Society, Blue Island Public Library, Calumet Park Troublemakers Athletic Club, CARR home garden holiday, Darling International, Eisenhower High School Marching Band, George Poulos and Associates, James Street Associates, MetroSouth Medical Center, National Park Service, Restaurante Tenochtitlan, Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream, The Forum, and Ultra Foods – Calumet Park.