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A Great Grand Opening Thanks!

On Monday, March 20 the City of Blue Island reopened the Chatham Street Bridge, and with it bringing the Cal-Sag Trail to Blue Island! The bridge has sat closed since 2010, but has long since been planned to serve as the “buckle” of the Cal-Sag Trail system. Congrats to all that played a role in restoring this bridge to our ... Read More »

Black Culture Night 2017

Blue Island’s Neighborhood Watch Group #37 is having their 16th Annual Black Culture Night in the Blue Island East Annex, 2434 Vermont St, on Friday, February 17th. Dr. Mary Clark Bruce, Ph.D. from Governors State University is the honored Guest Speaker. Dr. Bruce is working on a documentary on Harlem Renaissance leader and jazz poet Langston Hughes. Honoring the 50th ... Read More »

WWII Marine Returns Home

Nearly 73 years after he was killed in World War II, the remains of a Marine from Blue Island will finally be returned to his family. PFC Charles Oetjen, USMC died in November of 1943 in the battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands southwest of Hawaii. He arrived at O’Hare this morning and is on his way to Blue ... Read More »

Welcome Friends of the Rock Island

The Friends of the Rock Island are having their 21st Semi-Annual Chicagoland Meeting on Saturday, May 9th, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at Grace United Methodist Church in the lower level. There will be a “Mini” Swap Meet and Display at 6:30. Bring items you want to trade, sell or show. There are a limited number of tables and ... Read More »

Reading the Calumet Landscape

First Tuesday Series at the Library – The Calumet Landscape The Library and the Friends of the Forest Preserves host a series of First Tuesday presentations about nature and the outdoors. The next one is on our Calumet Landscape. How did backyard gullies, hills or wetlands form? Naturalist John Elliott surveys clues to our history found in our modern landscape. ... Read More »