Thursday, September 28, 2023

Ready to Run With the Nuns?

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Lemont is not close to the six city neighborhoods served by the Southwest Chicago Post. But knowing that a lot of Southwest Side girls attended Mount Assisi Academy years ago, I'm sharing this information sent by the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King.


The School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King are hosting their Annual Run with the Nuns 5K on Sunday, October 15 at 9:00 AM at their Mount Assisi Campus in Lemont.

Runners and walkers are welcome to enjoy the picturesque scenery through the natural hills and wooded areas of our all terrain course.

Participants receive a medal and long sleeve dry fit shirt. We even have a virtual race option for those who can’t be there on Race Day.

Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under who walk or run with a parent.

We are looking for runners or walkers, sponsors, donors to the swag bags, volunteers and businesses to host their free vendor table.

This fun event includes a DJ, split the pot, spirit wear sales, vendor tables and...running nuns!

Proceeds support the many ministries of the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King, both on and off the Mt. Assisi hill.
Run on your own or walk the course with the Sisters. Bring the whole family!

Visit our website at or contact Carrie Peters at 630-257-7844 ext. 223 or for more details.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Community Invited to Halloween Trunk or Treat With Midway Baseball & Softball



Open to everyone!


Want to Help Police Set Crime-Fighting Priorities for 2024? Check This Out

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

If you want to have input on the priorities of the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police for 2024, you may want to participate in the first of two Community Conversations, set for 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 28 at West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th Street.

These meetings are required by the federal consent decree of 2019. The decree is designed to reform the Chicago Police Department and make it, among other things, more directly accountable to the people it serves.

In the past, I've been skeptical of these events and suspected CPD was just going through the motions to meet the minimum requirements of the decree. But then I saw how Community Conversations of recent years helped focus police resources on several neighborhood-specific problems--and how, to a certain extent, it worked.

So as a lifelong Southwest Sider who refuses to put up with crime--same as you--I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and be there at West Lawn Park. Please make your voice heard. Start by registering at


Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Archer Avenue Bar Crawl Coming Soon

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

From our friends at the Midway Chamber of Commerce:

Ready to Get Your Crawl On?

It's almost showtime! Buy your tickets today and join us for a fun-filled night on Archer Avenue, starting at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30.

We've got seven bars, drinks, shots, and exclusive 2023 Bar Crawl t-shirts - what more could you ask for?

We're kicking off the night at Guide's Sports Bar. From there, the bus will loop down Archer, with four stops and take you to seven of our favorite local bars. At each one, you'll get a drink along with some awesome specials. And don't forget about Pap's Tap - we've got a special shot waiting for you!

So don't miss out on this unique experience! Buy your tickets today and get ready to Crawl like you've never Crawled before! 

And don't forget to show off your swanky new 2023 Bar Crawl t-shirt!

Price: $50/$60 Registration fee includes six drinks, t-shirt and transportation.

Dress code: Casual but fun - after all, this is a party bar crawl you're going to!

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now and join us for Archer Ave Bar Crawl 2023 - the most unforgettable night out ever! See you soon!

To make the night even better, pick up your wristband and t-shirt in advance at Midway Storage on Friday 9/29 from 2pm-5:30pm or Saturday morning 9/30 from 10am-1pm. Pick up is also available at the start of the event at Guide's starting at 5:30pm (5544 S Archer).

The stops include:

• Archer/Lavergne at Guide's Sports Bar, and

• Archer/New England with ASH Gastropub, Lawlor's, Bobby G's Sports Bar and Tom's Tap; and

• Archer/Narragansett at Pap's Tap (5532 S Narragansett); and

• Archer/Menard with Danny's Burger & Bar.

The bus will be running from 6 pm to 9 pm, so don't miss your chance to join the fun!

Tickets purchased the day of the event will have a $10 additional charge per ticket, and t-shirt sizes may be limited.

To buy your ticket, click here.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Charge Man With Shooting Dog

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

A 19-year-old Hearst area man was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal after he was arrested in the 5400 block of South Archer at 11:01 p.m. Sunday, September 24.

Darrick Bender, of the 4400 block of South Lawler, allegedly shot a dog in the 5000 block of South La Crosse minutes before his arrest.

Bender also was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card.

Police said they recovered the weapon they say Bender used.

Bender is due at a detention hearing today.

Police declined to release any other information, including about the dog.

According to public records, Bender was arrested by CPD in August in the 5000 block of West 45th Street and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Motown Tribute Stars Fred & Friendz Making Triumphant Return to SW Side

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

If you remember last year’s visit by an Elvis impersonator at Our Lady of the Snows Church, you may recall that the second performer on the bill, a Motown tribute act, just about stole the show with crowd-pleasing favorites.

As a lifelong Southwest Sider, I never thought I’d see a group of my generally conservative neighbors slow-dancing to a cover version of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ 1965 hit Ooo Baby Baby—or singing along loudly to Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally or Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. But it happened, and I have the video to prove it, I note with a smile.

Well, that act—Fred & Friendz—is making a triumphant return to OLS on Saturday, October 14 in a show exclusively for local senior citizens, as well as military veterans and first responders.

OLS is located at 4810 S. Leamington. There is plenty of off-street parking adjacent to the door on the west side of the building. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users.

Doors open at 11:15 a.m. A modest lunch of pizza and beverages will be served promptly at 11:30. The show runs ‘til 2 p.m.

No admission charge, but you must register in advance by calling (312) 745-4255. The church hall seats 250, and I can assure you every seat will be taken, just like last year. So call today.

Just like last year, this show is generously provided as a community service by local business leaders: Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors, Mike Riordan of the Mike Riordan State Farm Agency, Al Cacciottolo of First Rate Realty and Jose Yanez of Amigo Pest Control.

"We're pleased to present this top Motown tribute show to seniors, veterans and first responders," Randazzo said. "All we ask is that people register in advance, show up on time and prepare to be pampered with a free lunch and an extremely entertaining live musical performance."